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Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy technique that has been used for years with adults and children to treat a variety of psychological and mental health issues, with a relatively high degree of success. Some of these include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction Issues
  • Panic Disorders
  • Grief
  • Phobias
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse

How was it developed?

EMDR was originally developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s and has evolved into an accepted form of treatment for many mental health problems in our society today. EMDR involves reprocessing traumatic and disturbing memories in such a way that an individual is able to function more effectively when they think about or are reminded about the issue that originally caused them a great deal of distress. EMDR is a physiologically-based form of therapy that helps individuals process previously disturbing information in a new way. EMDR helps with many other mental health concerns, as well.

Does The Village offer EMDR?

The Village Family Service Center is excited to offer the services of a number of EMDR-trained clinicians. This offers hope and healing to countless people who have experienced traumatic events in their lives and who have not responded to traditional therapy modalities.

How does it work?

The initial sessions are necessary for the therapist to fully understand the nature of the issue and to determine whether EMDR is an appropriate course of treatment. EMDR sessions last about 60 minutes, similar to a typical therapy session. The issue being addressed will likely determine how many EMDR sessions may be necessary to alleviate the distress associated with the issue. EMDR also incorporates aspects of other therapies, such as cognitive and behavioral therapies. The process of EMDR involves reprocessing memories that have essentially become stuck in the brain. The session involves stimulating the hemispheres of the brain through visual, auditory, or tactile means until the memory is less disturbing and more positive thoughts and beliefs replace the prior negative thoughts and beliefs.

Does it really work?

A growing body of research has shown the effectiveness of EMDR. While the technique appeared to be most effective with post-combat veterans in its earliest stages, it has been found to be effective with numerous issues and problems. The American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense are two organizations who recommend EMDR as a preferred treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional research can be found at www.emdria.org.

Please contact The Village Family Service Center to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.

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