EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR includes a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. It has been shown to be highly effective in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What Types of Issues Does EMDR Help to Address?

Mental health professionals use EMDR Therapy to help people of all ages in dealing with a variety of trauma and challenges. A few of the issues that EMDR can be beneficial for include:

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Pain and Phantom Pain

  • Eating Disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Panic Attacks

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Psychotic Symptoms

  • Self-esteem Issues

What to Expect with EMDR Therapy Treatment

The following information is excerpted from the EMDRIA website.

"The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Complete treatment of the targets involves a three pronged protocol (1-past memories, 2-present disturbance, 3-future actions), and are needed to alleviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture.

The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health.

"Processing" does not mean talking about it. "Processing" means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be "digested" and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future.

The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions.

The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions."

To learn more about EMDR go to https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/experiencing-emdr-therapy/


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EMDR Retreats

We are excited to announce that we are now offering EMDR retreats!

EMDR is Eight Phases. The first three Phases are able to be completed via video conferencing if needed. Phase 4 (Processing) must be done in the office. This is where clients will have the opportunity to complete extended or Retreat Sessions.

These retreats can be scheduled in two to three hour chunks, up to two sessions per day. Face to face only. Retreat package costs can be determined based on time. Packages will be paid for prior to arrival.

We offer a special rate for our Retreats for Veterans.