EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization EMDREye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.

EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.

Types Of Issues, Problems And Disorders EMDR Treatment Therapy Can Help With
EMDR Is A Proven, Research Based Therapy That May Help Patients
With The Following Types Of Problems and Disorders:
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Physical/Sexual Abuse
  • Phobias/Fears/Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Complicated Griey Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Pornography Urge Reduction
  • Sexual Addictions
  • Trauma Associated With Violoence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Personailty Disorders
Additional Areas Specific To Young Children And Adolescents:
  • Attachment Issues
  • Witnessing Domestic Violence
  • Intra-Familial Child Sexual Abuse
  • Disruptive Behavioral Disorders
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Issues Surrounding Divorce

During Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) treatment various procedures and protocols are used to address the entire clinical picture. One of the procedural elements is “dual stimulation” using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. During the reprocessing phases the client attends momentarily to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on a set of external stimulus. During that time, clients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations. The clinician assists the client to focus on appropriate material before initiation of each subsequent set.