Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a research-based therapeutic modality targeted for individuals struggling with trauma and anxiety. It is considered an effective modality of treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the World Health Organization.
How Does it Work? EMDR helps enable different parts of the brain to communicate more efficiently in order to promote the processing of past (traumatic) events. Through eye-movements, causing a bi-lateral stimulation in the brain, EMDR helps to cognitively restructure memories, implant more adaptive information, elicit spontaneous insight, and increase self-efficacy.
It allows for the traumatic memory to integrate into the brain's existing positive memory network. Who is it for?- EMDR is effective for anyone who has suffered from war trauma, unwanted phobias, panic or anxiety disorders, experiencing excessive grief, been the victim of a sexual or physical assault and a life-threatening accident (present or past), and those who struggles with substance abuse. If you or a loved one are experiencing nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks, and/or intrusive thoughts because of a past event, then EMDR is the right therapy for you.
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