EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION & REPROCESSING trauma Treatment
Lorrie Johnson, LMSW heads our EMDR program. What is EMDR and is it right for you?
"EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. 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 therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes." 2017, retrieved from www.emdr.com
Through eye movements/other bodily stimuli, EMDR stimulates the information processing area of the brain which is not stimulated via talk therapy alone. This is the area that is responsible for processing trauma. By combining specific aspects of talk therapy with this type of brain stimulation, research has proven excellent results in relieving symptoms of emotional distress and PTSD that has historically been resistant to other types of therapy. If you feel EMDR is right for you, please call or e-mail us today!