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  • Understanding How EMDR Therapy Treats PTSD

    EMDR Therapy Treats PTSD

    Understanding How EMDR Therapy Treats PTSD

    EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy. EMDR is a unique, therapeutic approach that facilitates the reprocessing of upsetting and disturbing memories. Research has shown EMDR to be effective in treating PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and a variety of other mental health disorders.

    How EMDR Therapy Works

    The EMDR model theorizes that traumatic memories are not properly stored in the brain, creating an emotionally reactive response to anything that triggers the trauma. The purpose of EMDR is to reprocess and effectively store memories so that you can access them in a healthier and less triggering way. This reprocessing is done through the pairing of bilateral stimulation (BLS) with purposeful memory recall. BLS consists of alternating left and right movements and can be done through eye movements, tapping, sounds, or tactile vibrations. Your therapist will help you identify an upsetting memory and an associated negative belief before guiding you through sets of BLS. A memory is considered fully reprocessed when it no longer feels disturbing and the negative belief no longer feels true. 

    How EMDR Therapy Treats PTSD

    • Feel less triggered by the memory/memories
    • Feel less shame and guilt
    • Develop positive beliefs about yourself
    • Feel less anxious and depressed
    • Feel hopeful and positive about the future
    • Develop self-worth
    • Strengthen relationships and boundaries
    • Resolve and heal from trauma

    Getting Started with an EMDR Therapist

    I specialize in EMDR Therapy for individuals struggling with anxiety, PTSD, or narcissistic abuse. I use video software specifically designed to conduct EMDR therapy online with BLS. Please contact me to get started with EMDR Therapy for PTSD.

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