Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured approach to trauma counseling. It has been extensively researched and deemed an effective evidence-based treatment for PTSD in the treatment guidelines of the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association. EMDR has helped over 2 million people in their recovery from trauma and psychological stress.
EMDR is used to reduce emotional distress related to traumatic events from the past that continue to impact present day life. It can be helpful in recovery from the effects of chronic abuse from childhood or adulthood. It has been proven effective for other instances as well, including acute events, such as assault, accidents, and natural disasters. EMDR has also been used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, phobias, complicated grief, and other difficulties.
In EMDR, clients process traumatic experience to the point of resolution. It helps desensitize the trauma, so that the related physical and emotional distress is reduced. Using EMDR techniques, your therapist can help you work on feelings and thoughts that come up with the trauma, and help you begin to think differently about yourself and the world in relation to the trauma. EMDR appears to stimulate a natural healing mechanism allowing for movement toward healing.
Alyx Aiello, Sherese Cordova, Kayla Johnson, Ericka Martin, Matt Martin, and Heather Merrill are our on-site EMDR clinicians. Click HERE for online scheduling, call (360) 952-3070 or email at [email protected].