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Specialized Trauma Treatment

About EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a form of trauma treatment that can also be beneficial for other mental health concerns. EMDR can have similar effects as REM sleep in how the body and mind integrate into a relaxed state with a lower heart rate and slower breathing. EMDR uses eye movements to desensitize traumatic memories and to reprocess them so that the symptoms of traumatic stress are eliminated or at least reduced in frequency, intensity, and duration. Some symptoms that can improve or be eliminated with EMDR are overwhelm, sleep issues, anxiousness, difficulty concentrating, depressive symptoms, chronic pain, as well as other issues

There are multiple stages of EMDR, and it can take several sessions to be able to start the process in which a disturbing memory is discussed while focusing on bilateral stimulation (often moving your eyes from side to side) until the memory you’re focusing on is no longer distressing and getting unstuck from the memory. It focuses on physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts all at once; research indicates that stress and traumatic experiences have somatic memories, contributing to the holistic approach EMDR does take.

Interested in EMDR?

Contact our office  to get matched with a clinician who provides EMDR treatment.  A clinical supervisor will provide a free consultation to assess your needs.

 

If you're experiencing an emergency please contact 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If you're experiencing a mental health crisis contact 988.  

240-810-3790

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