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EMDR Therapy

Bare Necessities

EMDR is known to alleviate symptoms for individuals who may experience:

  • Panic Attacks

  • Complicated Grief

  • Phobias

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Addictions

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Physical Abuse

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders

  • Personality Disorders 

Dr. Francine Shapiro developed EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) in the 1980s in response to her research into veterans experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Today, it is used to process a variety of traumatic or disturbing experiences and has helped millions of people of all ages alleviate many types of psychological distress. EMDR utilizes eye movements, and other types of bilateral stimulation, to facilitate the accessing and reprocessing of traumatic memories. This intervention employs the same biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and allows individuals to form new, more positive and adaptive associations, memories and information. These new associations are thought to result in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of cognitive insights. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced.


Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy in a much shorter period of time. Studies also show that the mind is able to heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. EMDR therapy is recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. 

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EMDR with Children & Teens

EMDR therapy can be used to help children and teens who may not have yet developed the skills to verbalize or process their traumatic or distressing memories. These memories may include medical procedures or illness, death of a parent, divorce or being separated from a parent, or witnessing an accident, among others. EMDR has been used successfully to help children deal with traumatic events that may lead to depression, anxiety, phobias, and other behavioral problems. EMDR therapy is an individual intervention that is different for each child and teen. For most children, EMDR is thoughtfully integrated with Play Therapy for optimal results and a pleasant experience for the child.


Some experiences that may result from trauma:

  • Developmental Delays

  • Difficulty with Concentration or Focus

  • Inability to Self-Soothe

  • Poor Social Skills

  • Regression

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Poor self-esteem

Sibling Love
Mother and Daughter

"Play is often talked about as if it is a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the work of childhood.”

Fred Rogers

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