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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

What is EMDR?

EMDR is one of the most scientifically validated mental health therapies available. It uses the brain’s natural healing abilities to assist a person in processing through the emotional scars left from difficult events that have occurred in a person’s life. “When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes” (EMDR Institute). EMDR removes the emotional and physical blocks so healing can occur.

How does EMDR work?

Have you ever had the experience of going to sleep angry, upset or hopeless and then waking up the next morning feeling that everything is ok? Most people have. According to EMDR theory, this is due to the rapid eye movements that occur while sleeping. It is believed that the rapid eye movements assist the brain in putting negative events and emotions away so they do not impact a person long term. However, when a highly emotional event occurs this natural process becomes overwhelmed and mental health issues develop. EMDR recreates the rapid eye movements while a person is conscious so negative experiences can be targeted and the natural healing process is jumpstarted.

What is an EMDR session like?

I generally begin an EMDR session like any other therapy session. I ask about events that occurred since I last saw the client as well as current emotional state. Current events will be dealt with first and if the client is in an emotional state conducive to EMDR therapy that will begin. Once this process has started the client generally engages in about 30 seconds of eye movements followed by a minute or so of checking in with me. This process will continue until about 10-15 minutes before the close of the session. I will then check in with the client about their experience and assist the client in managing emotions before they leave my office.

What can EMDR be used to treat? 

EMDR has been used to sucessfully treat:

  • Post Traumatic stress
  • Personality disorders
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobia
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Sexual/Physical Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

EMDR Therapy - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - Natalie Webber Counseling