EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR facilitates the assessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution.

EMDR combined with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can be a very effective form of therapy. It is often successful because while EMDR targets the root causes of the thinking and behavior, CBT addresses current thinking and habits that are negatively affecting a person’s mental health.

EMDR Definitions to Know

Trauma – a deeply distressing or disturbing experience

Attachment Trauma – failed attachment, whether caused by abuse, neglect, or emotional unavailability on the part of the caretaker, can negatively impact brain structure and function, causing developmental or relational trauma.

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”

–Albert Einstein

What is EMDR?

Our therapists use EMDR as our primary modality. We have seen incredible results doing so.

Our clients have cut therapy time in half, with some even more than that. Clients have also experienced relief in a shorter period of time.

What Issues Does EMDR Therapy Help?

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings

EMDR Going Mainstream

In Criminal Minds, Season 8, Episode 21, FBI agents use EMDR to help a victim remember her past to help aid in an investigation.

Victim – “How do you know it’s going to work this time?”

JJ (FBI agent I) – “Well we’re going to try something new. It’s a psychotherapy called EMDR. “

Morgan (FBI agent II) – “It stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s very effective with PTSD and memories that have been buried especially deep. “

Victim – “What if I can’t? What if there’s really nothing in there?”

JJ – “There’s evidence that suggests we process intellectual material in a different part of the brain than emotional material. EMDR helps link the two.”

Victim – “This EMDR thing? How does it work?”

JJ – “First, we’ll start by putting you in a safe place mentally, by asking you to focus on a particular image or memory that makes you happy, then we’ll start asking questions.”

Morgan – “And then when you’re ready, we’ll have you follow a light that moves side to side. “