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Couples Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is likely not comparable to your previous therapy experience. We will talk, especially during the beginning phases of EMDR, but the actual processing portion of EMDR does not require you to constantly retell your story. Likely, if you are reading this, the retelling of what has happened to you has not been of much help to date. You may still carry negative beliefs about yourself, find yourself getting triggered in the same situations, or just feel “stuck.” EMDR may be a good fit for you if you are brand new to therapy or if you have seen multiple therapists and are giving therapy another chance. 

So how does this work? We are learning more and more about how EMDR processes and heals. What we do know is that bilateral stimulation (such as tapping, using auditory cues, and yes-eye movements) mimics what occurs when we are in REM sleep. At this point, you may worry that EMDR is hypnosis. This modality is nothing like hypnosis. You are fully in control and conscious during EMDR. 

EMDR uses the natural healing power of the brain to recover disturbing, adverse, or traumatic memories and then process them in a healthy, contained way. EMDR is efficient and often provides results to clients in fewer sessions compared to traditional talk therapy.

Our brains have a natural way of recovering from traumatic memories and events. While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help.

Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create an overwhelming feeling of being back in that moment or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

This may all seem a bit “out there.” I hear you. However, there is serious science behind the effectiveness of EMDR. This therapy modality is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a first-choice treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR Therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from a variety of disorders and unpleasant life experiences and move through present-day challenges. Read the list below to see what other unwanted or painful experiences can be resolved by utilizing EMDR. 

EMDR is an effective therapy that can help people at all life stages, from children to the senior population. Therapists use EMDR to help people successfully move through a wide range of challenges:


  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

  • Chronic illness and medical issues

  • Depression and bipolar disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Pain

  • Performance anxiety

  • Personality disorders

  • PTSD and other trauma 

  • Stress-related issues

  • Sexual assault

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Substance abuse and addiction

  • Violence and abuse

To learn more, visit the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) at

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