What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. It has been studied extensively over the last 20 years and is a well-supported treatment for Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in both children and adults.

What can EMDR treat?

Scientific research has established that EMDR is highly effective for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Clinicians have also found success using EMDR in treating a variety of other conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Phobias
  • Personality disorders
  • Addictions
  • Pain disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Stress reduction
  • Abuse
  • Reactive attachment disorder
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Post war 

EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy that it can bring about quick and lasting relief for many types of emotional distress.

EMDR and Children:

EMDR is very effective in helping children with troubling thoughts or feelings that are related to disturbing memories. Through EMDR children can gain a sense of self control in their lives, strengthen their feelings of confidence, and build a sense of security and hope so that they are able to return to their normal development and growth.

My approach is to combine EMDR with play therapy, art therapy, and role playing when working with children. We work through the child's disturbing memories by using several therapeutic tools that help the child establish a "safe place" and create "positive helpers" that guide him or her through the healing process.

I have personally seen amazing results in children through EMDR. It is a profound therapy technique that has positively changed the lives of many people.

The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only, not for diagnosis and treatment and is not intended as a substitute for consultation with a qualified mental health professional that is familiar with your situation. There is also no guarantee being made as a result of information provided or the counseling services offered.

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