EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

When we experience trauma (or difficult experiences), our brain does not store the memory correctly. Our brain is not able to make sense of what happened and why. Instead, all the information that goes along with that experience – the thoughts, feelings, and body reactions – are stored in an unresolved memory.

The problem with an unresolved memory is that our minds are not able to feel settled. When new things happen to us that feel similar to the unresolved material, they can trigger all that old confusion. When this happens, old thoughts, feelings, and body reactions rise up again. We feel now and react now like we did back then.

No one knows what causes anxiety, but we do know it’s our body’s natural response to danger. Having anxiety before a stressful event, job interview, or difficult situation is normal. However, having anxiety every day that disrupts the way you live life and go about normal daily activities falls into an anxiety disorder. Oftentimes, anxiety is linked to something in your past.  If you suspect that your anxiety started due to a specific past event, it may be easier to treat than you think.

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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. 

EMDR can help you manage and treat your anxiety. Better yet, to eliminate it. We focus on what triggers you to feel anxious.  Sometimes it is a cognitive process, sometimes it is a past memory.  Whatever the trigger, we can help you overcome it.

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

With EMDR, we search out the unresolved memories that are tied to your current symptoms or discomfort. Then one by one, we revisit them and have another chance to understand them and resolve them. This time in a way that we are prepared and it is not overwhelming. After each memory is resolved, any new experiences that happen now will not cause those old things to come back up from the past. So, once we are done with EMDR, any uncomfortable feelings, negative thoughts about yourself, and even unwanted responses will probably get much better. With EMDR, instead of providing tools to deal with your problem (like in regular talk therapy), we will resolve the problem – the unresolved memories. As each memory is resolved, the unwanted emotions, negative beliefs, and symptoms that go along with that memory often fade away.

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