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What is EMDR therapy?

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

EMDR therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of therapy that helps people recover from distressing experiences and traumatic events. It is a widely used approach that can be very helpful for individuals who have experienced trauma, such as abuse, accidents, or natural disasters.

During an EMDR session, a person works with a trained therapist who guides them through a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, such as tapping or sounds. These movements help the person's brain process and reprocess traumatic memories in a healthier way.

The therapy aims to desensitize the distress associated with traumatic memories, reducing their emotional impact. It also helps individuals replace negative beliefs about themselves that resulted from the trauma with positive and adaptive beliefs. Through this process, people can gain a greater sense of control and resilience in their lives.

EMDR therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and phobias. It can help individuals overcome intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares associated with their traumatic experiences.

It is important to note that EMDR therapy should only be conducted by licensed and trained professionals. If you or someone you know is struggling with trauma-related symptoms, seeking help from a qualified therapist who specializes in EMDR therapy can be a beneficial step towards healing and recovery.

If you are interested in EMDR therapy Scott Donovan, LMFT is trained in EMDR, please reach out for more information information@scottdonovanlmft.com


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