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What is EMDR Therapy and how does it work?

What is EMDR Therapy and how does it work?

EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful and empowering psychotherapy approach which has helped over two million people or more of all ages to relieve many types of psychological trauma and distress. It has been used to treat the following conditions and/or disorders with success and proven research showing its effectiveness: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Personality Disorders; Panic Attacks; Grief; Dissociative Disorders; Body Dysmorphic Disorders; Disturbing Memories; Phobias; Eating Disorders; Performance Anxiety; Stress Reduction; Addictions; Sexual and/or Physical Abuse Issues; and Pain Disorders.

EMDR therapy is typically used for 6-8 therapy sessions though more or less depending on the issues and/or disorders to be treated and/or addressed by this modality. This approach uses cognitive-behavioral techniques as well as physical eye movement in various formats, which the therapist would provide information on during the first session. EMDR was developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro who made the observation, by chance, that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions. It is not known exactly what makes this approach work or be more effective than talk therapy alone, though by incorporating thoughts, feelings and body sensations, people are able to integrate and work through trauma more easily and effectively by addressing all of these factors with EMDR.

If you or a loved one are ready to take the first step towards healing and reclaiming your well-being, discover the transformative potential of EMDR Therapy. 

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