EMDR offers a new lease on life to many of you who’ve given up hope, who’ve told yourself I’ll never be able to move beyond the past and into a pain-free, mentally healthy future. The results are often astounding.
WHAT IS EMDR?
EMDR is a psychotherapy process that enables you to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are a result of trauma and other disturbing or difficult life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR you can experience the benefits of psychotherapy in a much shorter time than ordinary talk therapy and have lasting results.
When traumas or other challenging life events occur, they get encoded in a part of our memory network system that gets cut off from communication with the rest of our brains during experiences of extreme fear, anger or grief. Those traumatic memories and feelings exist in us frozen in time. This is why we will still flinch at something reminiscent of the original traumatic event years later.
During a therapy session using EMDR, you will bring to mind past and present disturbing experiences in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus such as moving light, finger, or sound in order to activate the two hemispheres of the brain.
The bilateral stimulation along with the dual awareness sets up the brain to be able to be "re-wired." Once the brain is able to get the message that the trauma is in the past, and what seemed true at the time of the trauma is no longer true, the symptoms of PTSD, phobias, low self-esteem, inhibited performance, depression, anxiety, grief, insomnia, panic, procrastination, remnants of child abuse, etc., greatly diminish and often just vanish.
Watch this trailor for the documentry film on EMDR. You can see more video clips or purchase the full documentary at EMDRmovie.com
Can EMDR Therapy help me?
Here is a list of some of the problems that EMDR has been used to successfully resolve:
- Traumas such as Rape, Assault, Accidents, Surgery
- Phobias such as Driving, Flying, Public Speaking, Medical and Dental procedures
- PTSD / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Anxiety / Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Excessive Worry
- Grief and Complicated Grief
- Chronic Pain
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Patterns
- Performance Anxiety / Performing below peak in sports, tests, stage, business, etc.