EMDR Therapy for Trauma and Anxiety

If you are struggling trying to recover from an upsetting or traumatic life event, EMDR may be very helpful. People who have been helped through EMDR Therapy have had experiences such as:

  • childhood abuse
  • victim of a violent crime
  • an upsetting breakup
  • grief and loss
  • medical procedure
  • violence
  • bullying
  • significant disappointments
  • natural disasters
  • car accidents
  • first responders
  • frightening experiences
  • nightmares
  • panic attacks/anxiety
  • infertility
  • adoption

HOW DOES EMDR HELP OVERCOME TRAUMA AND ANXIETY?

It's uncertain how psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. What we do know, however, is that when a person experiences a disturbing event and is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it normally does. The event seems to get stuck and remembering the trauma may feel as bad as it did going through it the first time. The images, feelings, sounds, and smells remain active and vivid. Having these types of memories leave negative effects and interfere with a person's emotional health and relationships.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on how the brain processes information. After a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the upsetting event and the associated feelings and images. The memory of the event is still there but it becomes less disturbing. What happens during an EMDR session, seems to emulate what occurs in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be seen as a physiologically based therapy that allows people to reduce the difficult emotions associated with a traumatic or upsetting experience.

DOES EMDR REALLY WORK?

More than 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases and often eliminates the symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and the associated symptoms of anxiety and depression. EMDR has shown that it is an efficient and rapid treatment for decreasing these difficult symptoms.

WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS CAN EMDR TREAT?

In addition to treating PTSD, it has been reported that EMDR has been successful in treating:

  • panic attacks
  • dissociative disorders
  • disturbing memories
  • phobias
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • performance anxiety
  • enhancing performance 
  • stress reduction
  • sexual and/or physical abuse
  • addiction
Please feel free to call or email and we can schedule an appointment to discuss how EMDR might be helpful to you.