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What is EMDR and how does it work?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing uses eye movements in a bilateral nature, which involves the eyes moving from side to side while processing traumatic memories and/or experiences. This can be a achieved in a number of ways. Following a therapist's hands, handheld buzzers which vibrate alternatively, sound, tapping, or light bars may be used. The client processes pre-determined memories/targets during bilateral stimulation to work through them cognitively to reduce levels of distress.

How does EMDR help?

EMDR helps by allowing reprocessing of distressing memories and thoughts about oneself. The bilateral processing allows for small chunks of information to be processed with little verbal communication or articulation of details. 

Those who experience trauma often carry distressing memories, feelings or physical reactions that are unpleasant. EMDR allows for them to reprocess these memories/targets through the frontal lobe in a cognitive manner.

How long does EMDR take?

EMDR therapy can take several sessions to be most effective, but most report some level of relief after their first session. Because each individual is unique and will respond differently to EMDR, just as they would any other treatment. 

How do I know if I need EMDR?

EMDR therapy can be beneficial to treat all kinds of trauma, phobias and anxiety. If traditional talk therapy has not helped your symptoms in the past, you may be a good condidate for EMDR. Please contact us with more questions!

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