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COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY​ for Teenagers, Adults and Couples

 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 

Traumatic events often leave us with terrible flashbacks, nightmares, depression or anxiety, and a feeling of constantly being 'on guard' or in danger, or perhaps make us feel terrible about who we are. When traumatic events are not processed or integrated (our brain often does not integrate traumatic memories, like it does 'normal' memories). When we are burdened by a past trauma, we often feel like the past is constantly influencing or changing our here and now. 


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach  for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. it has been extensively researched and proven effective.  EMDR is not talk therapy nor does it rely on medications. Instead, EMDR uses a patient's own, rhythmic eye movements. These eye movements help the brain integrate emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events. When integrated, memories are no longer (or much less) disturbing and have less or no effect on people's daily life anymore. With single event trauma's EMDR can resolve the symptoms quickly in a few sessions, with complex trauma, it will take longer and often needs to be combined with other trauma focused modalities. 


Read more about EMDR:

 https://www.emdria.org/page/120

https://www.emdria.org/page/what_is_emdr_therapy

https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments/eye-movement-reprocessing