EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based technique which has been proven effective in reducing symptoms associated with PTSD (from both single incident and complex trauma), as well as anxiety, depression, panic disorders, low self-esteem, relapse prevention, and more. EMDR can help your brain learn that the danger is over and allow normal healing to resume. This technique can be integrated into your individual therapy sessions, or can be offered as it's own stand-alone service. 

You can start with a complimentary phone consultation, or schedule an intake for an in-depth look at how EMDR may be able to help you. EMDR is typically offered on a weekly basis, but can be adjusted to meet your personal needs, goals, and availability. 

How It Works

Although there is a lot we are still learning about the human brain, one thing which has become clear is how we store memory. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is an important stage of the sleep cycle; it's during this stage that the brain is processing our experiences from the day while our eyes instinctively move back and forth. Essentially, REM sleep is when the brain organizes, labels, and files away what we do each day, storing any important details neatly into our mental filing cabinet.

When something traumatic or disturbing occurs in our lives, the memory of that event can get "stuck" (imagine a mislabeled file that gets jammed in the filing cabinet, or is lost because it falls under the couch). This can result in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, and negative core beliefs about ourselves and/or the world, among other uncomfortable experiences or symptoms. For many people, healing from these things can feel like a long and difficult process. By using your own eye movements (just like during REM sleep), EMDR is able to utilize the brain's natural memory storage system to "unstick" (or refile) the traumatic memory, often with much faster results than "talk therapy" alone.

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