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EMDR

Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, & More

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an extensively researched and effective method for working with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other disorders. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR engages your brain's natural healing process by resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.

Our brains naturally move toward mental health. Sometimes, they need a little extra help. When we experience a trauma (an event that overwhelms our ability to cope) the memory of that event gets marked as "really really important" by a part of our brain called the amygdala. Most of the time, traumatic memories can be resolved on their own. Sometimes though, these memories can get "stuck" in our short term memory, causing us to feel as though we're re-living them over and over again.

 

EMDR helps the brain process these memories and stimulates the natural healing process. This way, we still may remember the trauma, but it feels like it's firmly in the past rather than reoccurring in the present. EMDR is an integrative therapy technique and one of the most effective therapy modalities in working with trauma. 

"Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others. Therefore, our relationships, job performance...all move in a positive direction"

- Francine Shapiro, Creator of EMDR