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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

EMDR is an effective treatment for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and stress related disorders. Bilateral stimulation of the brain using eye movements, tapping, light bars or sound while processing memories enables the brain to reduce the emotions and vividness of the memory, in effect releasing the memory from being ‘frozen in time.’ The experience is still remembered, but it no longer has the power to induce a fight, flight or freeze response.

The sun shining in a forest.

The sun shining in a forest.

EMDR can also be used to treat depression, anxiety and other disorders.

Some events produce trauma in an instant and some trauma is insidious, culminating from repeated experiences, such as non-secure attachment or developmental trauma. As infants and young children, our brains wire and make connections, learning from our experiences with caregivers and others. When non-secure attachment or developmental trauma takes place, it can have lasting effects on how we view and interact with the world. EMDR can help the brain integrate these experiences and open up new ways of thinking.

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