Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Unleashing Healing through Memory Processing

Experience the comprehensive approach of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapy addressing the physiological storage of memory in the brain. EMDR activates adaptive resolution, effectively treating trauma, anxiety, and depression with evidence-based success.

How Does EMDR Work?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR therapy is a comprehensive approach that addresses the physiological storage of memory in the brain. When a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, body sensations. We store the images and pictures in the amygdala, which is the oldest part of our brain. The picture gets stuck, and often-times triggers the flight, flight, or freeze response. Disruptions in the information processing system as the result of high arousal states result in memories which are inadequately processed and stored in state specific form.
The Adaptive Information Processing Model states that memory networks are the basis of health. When an experience is successfully processed, it is adaptively stored and integrated with other experiences about self. Bilateral stimulation, BLS, eye movements (tones or tactile) help reprocess the memory and other associated experiences. Your own brain does the healing and is in control. Through BLS, the stored memories are able to move out of the amygdala and the reprocessed memories are integrated into adaptive memory networks. The AIP helps to foster the new memories to be linked with positive memory networks. Skills and Resourcing are a central component of EMDR and teaching the client to learn how to self-regulate and state shift.

EMDR Activating Components:

  • Access “frozen" memories
  • Stimulate the information processing system to activate appropriate connections within the memory network
  • Move information to adaptive resolution
  • Reprocessing = new learning

Is EMDR Effective?

Over 44 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) support the use of EMDR therapy with a wide range of trauma presentations. In a study by (Wilson et al., 1995, 1997) it was demonstrated that three 90-minute sessions of EMDR resulted in an 84% reduction in PTSD diagnosis and a 68 % reduction in PTSD symptoms with single trauma. EMDR is evidence-based practice for PTSD, anxiety, and depression symptoms (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2010). (Brown et al. 2015) suggest that EMDR therapy can play an important role in the treatment of addictive and compulsive disorders. From an AIP standpoint, addiction is understood as a genetically influenced neurodevelopmental disorder of memory, learning, and chronic affect dysregulation.

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Unleashing Healing through Memory Processing

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