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Eye Movement Desensitization

"Notice That"

What is EMDR?

EMDR is the acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987, after experiencing relief from her own painful memories as she walked in the woods.


Our brains have a natural way of recovering from traumatic memories and events. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create overwhelming feelings as though you were back in that moment again. 


EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and healing to resume.  The experience is still remembered but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved. 

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue, or homework between sessions.


EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories.


Part of the therapy includes alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies like CBT or traditional talk therapy.

Adjunctive EMDR

If you are already working with a therapist and don't want to make a change to engage in EMDR< you don't have to!  We offer Adjunctive EMDR Collaboration for clients to add to their current therapy progress. We will collaborate with your current therapist for best results.

When you find yourself "stuck" in traditional talk therapy, you may benefit from Adjunct EMDR. Adjunct EMDR does not have to replace your primary therapy.  Rather, it is a goal-specific treatment to help initiate change around an identified memory or intrusive thought. In Adjunct EMDr targeted thoughts do not have to be tied to a highly traumatic memory. In the Assessment appointment, we work to identify the underlying memories or relationship dynamics that "birthed" this pattern of thinking. Treatment is often brief and is most effective in the EMDR Intensive Program. The success of your treatment depends on clearly defined goals that we create in collaboration. 


Adjunctive EMDR is often covered by insurance, but please note that insurance will often not cover two therapy appointments on the same day. Private pay options are available for those not wanting to use insurance or wanting longer session times than your insurance may allow. 


If you want to get started with Adjunctive EMDR treatment schedule your free 15 minute consultation. 

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