What is EMDR?

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a clinically researched method of therapy which has been shown to be an effective treatment for trauma.  Because EMDR is a method of treatment rather than a technique, therapists who use EMDR are required to be certified in EMDR through the EMDR International Association.

EMDR was developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro.  Dr. Francine Shapiro found that eye movements affect the intensity of problematic thoughts in clients who suffer from these thoughts.  EMDR uses eye movements to help clients reprocess traumatic events in a way that allows the client to be able to remember the traumatic event with fewer effects of the trauma such as images, sounds, smells, and feelings that can be troubling or disorienting.

Depending on the type of trauma and other circumstances related to the trauma EMDR can be implemented in as quickly as one session.  It is common, however, that one session is not enough.  EMDR can sound like a solution that is too good to be true, however we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about seeking counseling from an EMDR certified therapist.  We would love to connect you to Casey West, LPC our resident  EMDR certified Licensed Professional Counselor for a 15 minute consultation so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.

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