EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a powerful form of therapy that is helpful in recovering from distressing experiences which negatively influence your life.  It has been extensively researched, and found to be effective in addressing:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Panic Attacks

  • Stress

  • Phobias

  • Grief and Loss

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Eating Disorders

  • Traumatic Events

  • Childhood Abuse

  • Sexual Assault

  • Attachment Disorders

  • Addictions

  • Dissociation

Based on the premise that the brain, like other parts of the body, is capable of healing itself – EMDR helps to efficiently get maladaptively stored information unstuck and reorganized in the brain and nervous system.  When trauma occurs, the brain becomes overloaded.  Information that is usually stored in memory in an organized, congruent fashion is dispersed throughout the nervous system in chaotic pieces, causing distress in the present day through triggers and flashbacks.  EMDR helps to reorganize the information from the traumatic experience, refile the information appropriately in memory, and release the distress stuck in the nervous system.  The result is an ability to remember the experience without becoming physically or emotionally overwhelmed or distressed.  The memory loses its hold and intensity, reducing or eliminating the associated stress.


Utilizing EMDR therapy with clients who have dissociative disorders requires additional training and experience in both treating dissociative disorders, and adapting EMDR protocols. As EMDR is an associative process, and dissociative processes may have been protectively in place for years, care must be taken to not overwhelm or re-traumatize dissociative individuals when using EMDR therapy.

I have specialized training and experience in utilizing EMDR therapy with clients who struggle with dissociative symptoms. If you are curious or interested in how EMDR can help, or to learn more about EMDR in general, you can visit www.emdria.org, or bring your questions to your free 30-minute consultation.