Eye Movement Desensitization reprocessing (EMDR therapy)

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy) is a structured, integrative psychotherapy approach in which emotional/physiological distress and negative beliefs related to past events are processed and resolved through eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation.


WHAT DOES EMDR DO?

 

EMDR is an integrative, structured form of therapy that has been researched extensively and found effective in treatment for post traumatic stress. EMDR can be helpful with the following:

 
 

what is EMDR? And what is EMDR therapy all about?

 
  • We start by looking at the current challenges you’re facing (ie. shame, fear, disturbing memories) and explore your life history including past traumas/overwhelming events and work together to develop a plan.

  • Prior to beginning EMDR, we will work together to find ways to help you experience calm and cope with difficult emotions as they arise.

  • During therapy, relevant events/memories will be identified and processed; the therapist will direct shifts in focus while leading you in sets of eye movement or other stimulation such as tapping. During this process, new perspectives related to past evens and positive beliefs about yourself will arise and be reinforced.

  • Depending on your current challenges, goals and history, EMDR may be used as a stand-alone therapy or be integrated into regular individual counselling sessions, which are less structured and use a variety of talk therapy based techniques, which can be extremely helpful in understanding and integrating changes or insight gained from EMDR into your life or understanding of yourself in the world.

 

Let’s face it… if you haven’t heard of EMDR before, this may all seem a bit weird and difficult to wrap your head around.
Here’s a quick video to help draw a more complete picture…

 
 
 

Note: length of therapy will vary depending on your goals and history.
To learn more about EMDR, supporting research and FAQ, visit EMDR Canada or EMDRIA.

 

To learn more about my approach to counselling or ask questions about how I might be able to support you, connect with me for a free consultation call.