EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy – is a proven method for dealing with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unlike traditional “talk therapy”, EMDR uses a technique that includes focusing on visual aspects of the trauma while receiving gentle, painless bilateral stimulation via eye movements, sounds or touch. This facilitates a neurological re-structuring of painful memories so that they are drained of the intense, intrusive emotions that are typical of PTSD.
Originally developed to help war veterans, the use of EMDR has now extended to all kinds of traumatic events. Used alone or combined with ongoing therapy, EMDR can be highly effective and can shorten the length of treatment significantly. (Also see Trauma/PTSD)
At IPG, we have therapists on staff with specialized training and certifications in administering EMDR therapy. The goal of EMDR is to replace unpleasant feelings, fears and negative thinking with more positive feelings and thoughts, and to reduce or eliminate ‘flashbacks,’ intrusive thoughts or emotions, or other symptoms of PTSD.
Contact our psychotherapy practice today to set up an appointment to work on trauma or PTSD using EMDR therapy.