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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This is an evidenced-based therapy that targets traumatic, stressful, and/or disturbing memories and experiences.


EMDR facilitates the natural neurobiological processes of the brain during REM sleep, which is when experiences are properly stored in the memory. To do this, a therapist will guide the client through using "dual attention stimulus," and support the client in reprocessing stressful memories. This process does not alter or "erase" the memory, and instead allows the client to change their emotions and cognitions associated with this memory to be more adaptive and less disruptive to daily life. 

Who benefits from EMDR?

This type of therapy has been studied and found effective with all ages for various needs including PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, phobias, interpersonal problems, grief/loss, self-esteem, and chronic pain/illness. 

How long is treatment?

One of the most unique features of EMDR is that clients don't need to verbally process their distressing experiences. This makes EMDR very efficient and typically less time-consuming than more traditional talk therapy for trauma. Treatment length depends on the unique needs of each client, but many report dramatic improvements in symptoms after a few sessions. 

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