WHAT IS EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a comprehensive therapeutic approach that uses the power of Dual Attention Stimulation (DAS) to help people reprocess past, present, or future events in their lives that cause distress.
Dual attention stimulation refers to the use of alternating, right-left tracking. It may come in the form of eye movements (similar to watching a ping-pong game), tones or music delivered to each ear, or tactile stimulation, such as alternating hand taps.
As the client, you can choose the available method most comfortable for you. Creative alternatives can be used with children--using puppets, pictures, and more!
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT EMDR?
There are 8 phases in EMDR therapy. When we get into the reprocessing phase, EMDR does not require talking about the distressing event(s) in detail or completing homework between sessions. (Though skill-building is necessary to prepare readiness for this phase.) EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic or stressful memories in the brain. It allows the brain to carry out its natural healing process. EMDR can help to strengthen feelings of capability, confidence, and overall calmness.
Contact us to see if EMDR Therapy might be right for you and/or your child.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM EMDR THERAPY?
EMDR is a research-based therapy proven to help children and adults of all ages. EMDR therapy can address a wide range of challenges:
Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
Grief and loss
PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
Violence and abuse
CAN EMDR THERAPY BE DONE WITHOUT A TRAINED EMDR THERAPIST?
EMDR therapy is a mental health intervention. It should only be offered by licensed mental health clinicians trained by an EMDRIA-approved training program. It is never recommended to try this intervention without a licensed mental health professional properly trained in EMDR therapy.
About EMDR Therapy. (2020, July 15). Retrieved from
EMDRIA is a membership organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and integrity in EMDR.
Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. Guilford Publications.
EMDR therapy was created by Francine Shapiro.
Visit EMDRIA's website to view this information and to learn even more.