Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
What to expect?
EMDR is a therapy to target a traumatic experience memory and distress the association with the memory. During therapy, the client concentrates on an external stimulus while briefly focusing on the disturbing memory.
The therapist will direct lateral eye movements used with a variety of stimuli such as hand tapping, audio stimulation. While the client is focused on this external stimulus and the trauma memory, the vividness and the negative emotions connected to the memory are reduced.
EMDR has a structured eight phase method which will take approximately 6 to 12 sessions to complete at a frequency of once or twice a week.
For more information about this therapy, please visit the American Psychological Association website.