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EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment technique developed in the 1980s that was originally designed to relieve symptoms resulting from trauma. Today it is also used to treat a range of other issues including anxiety, phobias, fears and problems with self-esteem.

EMDR uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation (BLS) to help the brain make connections between traumatic experiences and memories and more adaptive thoughts and perceptions.

After successful EMDR treatment, emotional distress caused by unresolved earlier experiences is diminished, and the physiological symptoms often associated with such experiences are reduced. EMDR helps to bring about new learning, reduce negative thoughts, emotions and behavior, and enhance the development of healthier behaviors, interactions and relationships. (for more information: Emdria.org)

I use EMDR treatment in two ways.  First, I can integrate EMDR treatment into talk therapy with you, using it when appropriate, especially when there’s a block or obstacle that may come from a past trauma and is impeding the progress of our work.  Second, I see people solely for EMDR, often as an adjunct to their talk therapy, but not necessarily.

What does EMDR therapy look like?

For clients seeking information about EMDR, this short video explains the 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy.

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Dr. Kathy Gordon

is certified by the

EMDR International Association

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