What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a therapy model that uses sensory (what is seen, heard, felt, smelt, along with imagery) that will connect a person with past experiences/traumatic events and triggers and will allow the individual to see them differently.

EMDR therapy corrects the mis-storage of traumatic events so that the painful memories, sensations, and reactions associated with the trauma lose their charge. The client can react to stimuli in the present without the past interfering.

EMDR uses eye movements (BLS) via pulsars, tapping, eye scan, and audio. With the use of EMDR, significant progress can be made in a few short weeks (6-8).

A Veteran: Case study using EMDR

As a Veteran in the Marines, after two tours in Desert Storm and providing front line services in Hurricane Katrina, it was impossible to have healthy relationships.

Feeling scattered, full of rage/anger, the client was unable to move forward in most areas of his life. He had been married twice with three adult children. He never seemed to find a satisfying job. Often, he found himself full of anger and resistance in his life.

My client had lived over 20 years with these behaviors and had no idea they were connected to past trauma in his life. Feeling “stuck” in many areas of life, he chose EMDR trauma therapy.

Within six treatments, improvement was found. After a few months, the traumatic experiences had lost their hold on my client’s behavior and memories.

Find out if EMDR is the right therapy for you.

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