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What is EMDR?

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a form of therapy that has been found to be effective in treating a range of mental health conditions. It was initially developed to help people overcome traumatic experiences but has since been used to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

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Deep thoughts

So, what is EMDR exactly? It involves a therapist guiding a patient through a series of eye movements while they recall a traumatic event or negative thought pattern. Eye movements are thought to stimulate the brain’s natural healing processes, allowing the patient to reprocess the traumatic event in a more positive way.

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Eye movement

One of the biggest benefits of EMDR is that it can help patients quickly overcome traumatic experiences that might otherwise take months or years to work through in traditional talk therapy. Additionally, many patients report feeling less distressed and more in control of their emotions after just a few sessions.

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Helping hands

But EMDR isn’t just for people who have experienced trauma. It can also be helpful for those dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. By reprocessing negative thought patterns, EMDR can help patients gain a more positive perspective on their life experiences and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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In need of help

It’s important to note that EMDR is not a cure-all, and it may not work for everyone. But for those who do find it helpful, it can be a powerful tool for overcoming mental health challenges and improving overall well-being.

If you’re interested in determining whether EMDR is right for you, contact our office today.

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