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Eye Movement Desensitization 
and Reprocessing

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  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an evidence-based therapy originally developed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While you may not be familiar with this form of therapy, there are nearly 30 years of evidence that supports the efficacy of this treatment in reducing physiological and emotional symptoms related to trauma. Since then, it also has been proven effective in treating a variety of other disorders, including anxiety, depression, phobias, OCD, and more.

  • The basic premise of EMDR is that when we are very upset or involved in a traumatic event, our brains freeze and cannot process all of the information that is being stored. This results in our brains making interpretations and meanings about ourselves and our world that is not always accurate. We then react to similar situations in maladaptive ways based on these interpretations.

  • It takes courage to want to face these things head on. However, we have an eight-phase model that we follow to help guide our treatment. The phases are:

    • Phase 1: History and treatment planning. 

    • Phase 2: Preparation. 

    • Phase 3: Assessment. 

    • Phase 4: Desensitization. 

    • Phase 5: Installation. 

    • Phase 6: Body Scan. 

    • Phase 7: Closure. 

    • Phase 8: Reevaluation. 

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