Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach that can help process intense feelings and traumatic events. If you are feeling stuck in anxiety, are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or are living with unwanted behaviors and negative emotions EMDR may help.
What happens during traumatic events?
The brain’s hippocampus catalogs events and stores them in their correct place. However, if the brain receives information that is overwhelming (such as abuse, disaster, violence, or traumatic events), the hippocampus does not process it correctly. During an EMDR session, a counselor will add bilateral stimulation– a left-to-right eye movement or tapping sensation. This sequence is found to enhance memory processing.
What will you do during a treatment session?
There are numerous steps during the EMDR treatment session, for example, the 5 Senses Calming Tool is often used in the preparation phase for EMDR.
How can I try this treatment?
Several of our counselors are trained in this approach and would love to support you on your journey. Feel free to call, 435-649-2260 x 1 to be connected to a therapist trained in EMDR. Our office receives incoming calls from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Looking for more information?
Read “Getting Past Your Past” by Francine Shapiro
PsychologyTools (2023). What is EMDR? (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). https://www.psychologytools.com/resource/what-is-emdr/
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