EMDR: The Many Ways It Can Improve Your Life

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has been the subject of more than 30 positive controlled outcome studies. 

Some of the studies show that an impressive 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions. HMO Kaiser Permanente funded a study finding 100% of single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims were no longer diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In yet another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense. 

EMDR Helps The Mind Heal From Psychological Trauma

EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers 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.  Healing resumes once the block is removed.  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.  EMDR literally changes your mind.

EMD Helps Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Grief, Phobias And More

After so many successful results with trauma victims, it was only natural to use EMDR therapy for the treatment of less traumatic and more common disturbing life experiences. It is now being effectively used in treating the memories caused by events that result in low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and the many other life experiences that motivate people to seek therapy. Consequently, today, EMDR therapy is being used by more than 100,000 clinicians throughout the world, and millions of people have been successfully treated in the 25 years since its inception. 

EMDR can help you get unstuck. It can help heal past wounds and improve your relationships with friends, family and loved ones. It can help you sleep better and return to you a sense of control in your life. Furthermore, EMDR does this and more, much faster than traditional talk therapy.

EMDR Therapy Has Been Successful In The Treatment of:  

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic Attacks
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional invalidation
  • Relationship issues
  • Childhood neglect
  • Chronic pain resulting from emotional issues

EMDR helps you see things from a different perspective. It helps you become aware of the thoughts in your head that once were perceived as a threat versus what things are a real threat to you.

Everyone experiences life differently. What may seem insignificant to one person could very well be experienced as traumatic to another. It takes courage to show up and face your inner landscape and learn how to change your life.  If you would like to discuss how EMDR therapy might be effective for you, please feel free to call me at 281-944-SWCC for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I look forward to working with you. 


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