What Is EMDR?

EMDR, or Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing, is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of traumatic events or adverse life experiences.

The goal of EMDR therapy is to 'process' completely the experiences that are causing problems. 'Processing' does not mean just talking about it, it means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be 'digested' and stored appropriately in your brain. What is useful to you from an experience will be learned and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain. This can guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations associated with the traumatic memory will be minimized and then discarded.

This treatment approach, which targets past experiences, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of the troubling memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

The total goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with appropriate emotions, understanding, and perspectives of this event that will lead to healthier and useful behaviours and interactions in your life.

Who can benefit from EMDR? If you find there is a situation, relationship, event, or memory that just won't leave your mind, or when you think about the issue, you negatively respond, EMDR is a wonderful and effective tool for you.

EMDR is helpful for abuse; accidents; dealing with a death; relationship disintegrations or disfunctions; repeatedly upsetting familial issues; injustices; general or specific fears or phobias; the want to change your unhealthy habits and to move past hurtful or scary situations.

Shauna Gray, MA, R-DMT, RP

Interactive Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist

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