What is EMDR?

EMDR(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy which utilizes rapid set of eye movements or sometimes hand tapping to help a patient work through past distressing and traumatic experiences. This type of psychotherapy mimics our sleep pattern by alternating between a set of eye movements and reports about what you are noticing. This helps the patient update his/her memories to a healthier present mindset.

What does treatment consists of?

Treatment Plan

  • You have arrived to treatment expressing concerns.
  • Your therapist will help you with your present concerns and how to manage them.
  • A treatment plan will be developed that will help you meet your goals.
  • During your treatment plan, EMDR, along with other therapy practices, will be used to achieve your goals.

EDMR session:

  • You will be asked several questions to determine and prompt the negative experience and the desired resolution.
  • Sets of rapid eye movements will be exercised.
  • You will be encouraged to “free associate” and let the brain work through the experience.
  • Sets of rapid eye movements will be exchanged with brief reports about what you are experiencing.
  • EDMR processing will continue until the past experience has been updated to a flexible present mindset.

Using what you’ve learned

  • Once the traumatic experiences have been updated, you and your therapist will work together to incorporate these new observations and perspectives into your daily life.