WHAT IS EMDR?
EMDR is an adaptive information processing model that changes the way memory is stored and allows the brain to release false beliefs tied to past events. Originally created to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has expanded to be an effective generalized treatment with quick and lasting results.
HOW DOES EMDR WORK?
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
HOW LONG DOES EMDR TAKE?
A typical EMDR session lasts 90 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances, and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. EMDR may be used within a standard "talking" therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.
For more information on EMDR visit www.emdria.org
90 Min: $150
Conditions Benefiting from EMDR
Post Trumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Fears, Depressions, 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
KIM ST. CLAIR (MH 15322)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor