EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy treatment that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing process.

EMDR Therapy can address a variety of simple and complex issues such as panic, problems with complex grieving, troubling or intrusive memories, phobias, performance stress, anxiety reduction; surviving sexual and/or physical abuse as well childhood/family of origin problems.

EMDR therapy is a well researched and tested therapeutic approach and is recognized as an effective from of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years. To learn if EMDR therapy is appropriate for you, please call 650-233-5607 for a free 30 minute interview or send an email to: info@lasmft.com.