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Experience Relief From Traumatic And Disturbing Life Experiences More Rapidly With EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 


What once took years to recover from in traditional psychotherapy can now be accomplished much more quickly – sometimes in a matter of months – with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal much more quickly from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  


EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers and heals from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  


The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, our clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.


EMDR Is An Eight Phase Treatment With A Focus On Three Time Periods


EMDR is an eight-phase treatment method which includes: history taking, client preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation of treatment effect. Treatment involves attention to three time periods:  the past, present, and future.  Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events.  Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions.  


Clients experience tremendous relief and freedom once psychological stress is effectively dealt with. The EMDR process is easy and does not require dwelling on or reliving past events. 


EMDR Helps Relieve PTSD As Well As Everyday Disturbing Events


Here at Serenity and Wellness Counseling Clinic, we employ EMDR with clients for a variety of issues, Due to the multitude of research on EMDR therapy, it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense. EMDR is most widely used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is also becoming more widely used to resolve generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety, depression, as well as in the treatment of memories that give rise to low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness and other problems that people experience.


Common Questions About EMDR


What is EMDR good for?


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress caused by traumatic events as well as common disturbing life events. The theory behind the approach is that traumatic and painful memories can cause post-traumatic stress when you don’t process the memories completely.


Who is a good candidate for EMDR?


Strong candidates for EMDR therapy include veterans, survivors of assault (including sexual assault), victims of natural disasters, those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, those who experienced traumatic medical conditions or treatments, and many more.


How long does it take for EMDR to work?


It depends on the experience you are working to relieve and your readiness. Some people have reported seeing improvement in their symptoms after as little as 3 EMDR sessions. 



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