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SCL Health St. Marys Integrated Addiction Medicine

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing offers healing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR is an integrative therapy that helps people heal from traumatic events and life disturbing experiences. Discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR therapy has gotten worldwide attention for helping people heal from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused from traumatic events. EMDR Therapy can also help people to heal and feel more whole after events that have been disturbing such as; divorce, loss, and life transitions. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has noted that EMDR is an effective treatment. 

This therapy is an effective treatment for:

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addiction and desensitizing triggers or thoughts of use 
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Depression 
  • Eating Disorders and more….

How does it work?

Sometimes events happen in a person’s life and they struggle to find a way to integrate that incident. That event can become an unprocessed memory and get stored in the brain creating symptoms that are uncomfortable. Physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and images associated with the event can get locked into the brain, and without treatment, may lead to ongoing distressing.

EMDR therapy is designed to help a person identify and process these stuck pieces so that the symptoms can decrease and one can feel more alive and less distressed. EMDR therapy helps facilitate the activation of the brain’s system to process and integrate the information that got stuck. EMDR therapy will not erase the memory; rather individuals will be able to remember the incident without all the emotional charge that was distressing before the therapy treatment.

EMDR therapy may not be the right therapeutic fit for everyone. An assessment and treatment plan will be conducted with your practitioner. Please contact the clinic for additional information or to schedule an intake appointment. 

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