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EMDR

Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about un-becoming everything that isn't really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. 

– Paul Coelho

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful and evidence-based therapy that helps individuals heal from the emotional distress caused by traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. EMDR therapy is a specialized approach that utilizes bilateral stimulation (BLS) usually in the form of eye movements, tapping or auditory tones to accelerate the brain’s capacity to process and heal a distressing memory, thought, feeling, or phobia.

How EMDR Works

During an EMDR session, clients are guided to recall distressing memories while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. This bilateral stimulation helps to activate the brain's natural processing mechanisms, allowing the individual to reprocess traumatic memories and emotions in a safe and controlled manner. Research has demonstrated that EMDR is effective for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress, phobias, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, stress, sexual and physical abuse, distressing memories, complicated grief, and more. 

 

Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences (Maxfield, 2019). EMDR therapy has even been superior to Prozac in trauma treatment (Van der Kolk et al., 2007). Shapiro and Forrest (2016) share that more than 7 million people have been treated successfully by 110,000 therapists in 130 countries since 2016 (EMDRIA, 2024). 


The possible benefits of EMDR treatment include the following:

  • The memory or event is remembered, but the painful emotions, physical sensations, distressing images and thoughts are decreased.

  • EMDR helps the brain reintegrate the memory or event and store it in a more appropriate place inthe brain. The client’s own brain reintegrates the memory or event and does the healing.

 

Benefits of EMDR Therapy

  • Trauma Resolution: EMDR therapy is highly effective in helping individuals process and resolve traumatic experiences, including single-incident traumas, complex traumas, and developmental traumas.

  • Symptom Reduction: EMDR has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health conditions by addressing the underlying root causes.

  • Improved Self-Understanding: EMDR therapy facilitates insight and self-awareness, allowing clients to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their beliefs, and their behaviors.

  • Positive Behavior Change: By processing and resolving past traumas and negative experiences, clients often experience positive changes in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, leading to greater overall well-being.

Is EMDR Right for You?

EMDR therapy may be beneficial for individuals who have experienced:

  • Traumatic events or experiences

  • Symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, or depression

  • Phobias or panic attacks

  • Low self-esteem or negative self-beliefs

  • Relationship difficulties stemming from past trauma

Why Choose Head to Heart for EMDR Therapy?

  • Expert Therapists: Our therapists are trained in EMDR therapy, ensuring that you receive high-quality, evidence-based care.

  • Compassionate Approach: We understand the sensitive nature of trauma therapy and provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can explore your experiences at your own pace.

  • Customized Treatment Plans: We tailor our EMDR therapy sessions to meet your individual needs and goals, ensuring that you receive personalized care every step of the way.

  • Collaborative Care: We work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that may include EMDR therapy alongside other therapeutic modalities to address your unique needs.

  • Supportive Environment: At Head to Heart, we prioritize your comfort, safety, and well-being throughout the therapy process, offering support and guidance as you embark on your healing journey.

If you're ready to overcome the effects of trauma and reclaim your life, contact us today to learn more about how EMDR therapy can help you heal and thrive.

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