EMDR

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As part of our commitment to provide clients the most up to date and effective treatment options, Creekside Counseling offers expert EMDR therapy to clients with unresolved trauma issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and the relief of many types of psychological distress.

EMDR is a comprehensive approach which accelerates the treatment of disturbing life events that impact current functioning.  The theoretical basis of EMDR is the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) which holds that trauma interferes with brain processing.  EMDR is a method of accessing and resolving disturbing life experiences and memories that have resulted in disrupted self-beliefs, negative emotions and distressing body sensations.  EMDR therapy facilitates more adaptive neurological connections, thus allowing the brain to better access its normal healing abilities.  Bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movements, alternating sounds or kinesthetic stimuli, while revisiting distressing memories in a defined protocol, has the capacity to produce a more fully processed memory, resulting in greater integration, resolution and calm.

While Scientific research has shown EMDR to be an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, many clinician and clients have also reported success using EMDR in treatment of other conditions including:

  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorders
  • Personality disorders

Learn more about EMDR at the EMDR International Association