Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy designed to help patients deal with particularly distressing memories and/or beliefs. When a patient has undergone a traumatic experience, our specialists use EMDR to help patients heal.
This method of psychotherapy has become increasingly popular among war veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rape survivors, victims of car accidents, in addition to patients dealing with stress, anxiety, and phobias. In an effort to avoid tapping into the memories of the traumatic event, EMDR focuses more heavily on the difficult feelings themselves.
How EDMR Works
We use EMDR for trauma patients who wish to diminish the negative feelings associated with an accident, attack or another disturbing event. As the name suggests, this practice uses bilateral eye movements. The therapist uses hand motions to guide the patient’s eyes from side to side. During this practice, the therapist asks the patient to focus on the feelings, rather than the incident, in hopes of eradicating the negative emotions. The objective is to replace the existing negative feelings with positive ones.
Experienced in this form of treatment, our counselors have worked with a variety of patients dealing with a number of different traumatic events. It is our goal to help patients feel welcomed, safe, and heard, in order for them to heal, grow and improve. We strive to ensure each patient has the tools they need to live a fulfilled life, and not be inhibited by the distressing memories and/or beliefs that may have been holding them back.