In the late 1980s, Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., discovered a connection between eye movement and persistent upsetting memories. With this personal insight, she began to study and develop a new form of therapy—EMDR.
Over the years, and in the face of initial skepticism, Dr. Shapiro’s work developed from a hypothesis to a formal therapy process. EMDR therapy has been demonstrated to be effective for treating trauma in randomized clinical trials, case studies, and millions of clinical hours treating trauma and trauma-related disorders across the globe.
You and your therapist will partner to determine if EMDR therapy is right for you. Sometimes it is helpful to build a “resource team” and address concerns and/or other presenting issues before jumping into standard EMDR procedures. A beautiful thing about EMDR is that your brain leads the way, so your therapy is uniquely tailored to your own needs.
According to the EMDR Institute, EMDR is an effective form of treatment for those of all ages and is used to address:
- Panic attacks
- Chronic illness and medical issues
- Depression and bipolar disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Performance anxiety
- Personality disorders
- PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
Listen as Amanda Martin, LMHC and practice owner, shares a brief explanation of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), emphasizing how you, the client, remain in control throughout the entire healing journey as we access fragmented information and allow the brain to adaptively integrate it into a whole, beautiful mosaic story, freeing you to live organically in the present moment.
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