Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
Certified EMDR Therapist in West Hartford, CT
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a unique therapy technique which has helped thousands of people since it was first developed in 1989. Primarily used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it has also been shown to be very effective in the treatment of a wide range of issues. Watch the video below for a quick introduction or click here:
Could EMDR benefit me?
If you have experienced a traumatic or deeply impactful event in your life, you may be having some of the following symptoms affecting you:
• Restlessness or inconsistent sleep patterns
• Panic attacks
• Heightened anxiety
• Strong self-shaming thoughts
• Grief or sadness
• Physical pain
• Dissociative disorders (disconnected or feeling not "all there”)
• Phobias or increased fears
• Low motivation to do anything
If you struggle with any of these, then the simple answer is —
EMDR helps people get unstuck — often alleviating negative reactions and beliefs associated with emotionally-charged memories. Some of the memories and issues this type of therapy can help includes:
• Encountering violence or abuse
• Loss or injury of a loved one
• Severe injures, illness,
and/or chronic pain
• Performance and test anxiety
• Anxiety or panic
• Low self-esteem
• Relationship problems
• Painful childhood incidents
More About EMDR
EMDR is different from traditional talk therapy: it is a more structured approach which involves discussing negative memories and the accompanying emotions while the therapist uses eye-movements, alternating sounds, or physical sensations (ex. handheld “buzzers”), or tapping to induce “bi-lateral stimulation”.
What is Bi-Lateral Stimulation?
It is engaging both sides of the brain alternately and rapidly, much like Rapid Eye Movement (or REM) phase of sleep. It may sound unusual, but study after study, and story after story, has shown that EMDR really does work! Some clients report a change after only a few sessions of EMDR therapy.
For more information, you can visit EMDRIA.org or reach out to me today!
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