EMDR –Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is another method of psychotherapy that I offer to appropriate clients.
EMDR has been clinically proven to be one of the most effective treatment techniques for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has often proven to be useful in alleviating the emotional and spiritual pain associated with the wounds all of us carry from living in a broken world.

• EMDR is not hypnosis, although it shares a focus on the unconscious and involves some focus on external stimulus, it is very focused on the present.
• EMDR is not a “cure all”, although it has been shown to be effective with a wide range of psychological issues, it has only been clinically validated for trauma treatment.
• EMDR is not suited for those who have difficulty with reality-testing (psychosis) or severe dissociation.
• EMDR is well-suited as both stand-alone and adjunct therapy.  It’s a technique that integrates well with most forms of psychotherapy.
• EMDR can often show significant results in much shorter periods of time than talk therapies (think “months” instead of “years” – although there have been cases where as few as 6 to 8 sessions have shown remarkable results).

EMDR is based around the theory of adaptive information processing, which postulates that memories also include response patterns and even body sensations that are encoded with the memory of events (especially traumatic ones).


These memories can be used as reference triggers when similar feelings or events occur in the present. Bilateral stimulation (through eye movement or other external stimulus) while holding memories in focus seems to allow the brain to release the neural encoding associated with the event and allow other (hopefully more mature) cognitive process to be linked to the memories. It also seems to trigger the mind to “scroll through” memories and experiences that may be linked together subconsciously and allow these same mature processes to be linked with them, as well.

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