Treating a variety of trauma-related issues.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR as it is commonly referred to, is an empirically valid, evidence-based practice that has been shown to effectively treat PTSD and trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addiction, and many other presenting concerns that bring clients to our practice.
EMDR uses rapid bilateral stimulation (eye movements, audio tones, pulses, or tapping) to help desensitize and reprocess traumatic material that is maladaptively stored in our nervous system. What we know from an ever-growing body of research in EMDR is that when we activate both sides of our body, we also activate both sides of our brain. This stimulation, together with standardized and adapted protocols, can help us desensitize and reprocess disturbing or upsetting experiences that may be causing us difficulties in our day-to-day lives. This process also helps us to reconnect to and access more healthy and adaptive information about ourselves, other people, and the world around us. EMDR can’t change what has happened, but it can help you change how you respond to what has happened. It can also help you to let go of unhelpful, negative self-judgements that may be keeping you from connecting to a more adaptive, healthy view of yourself and your ability to navigate the world.
At Wholetherapy, we are trained and have several years experience in using this treatment modality. During our initial visits we assess together if EMDR might be the best treatment to help you regain your health and wellbeing.
Please visit www.emdria.org for more information about this treatment modality.