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  • Writer's pictureTina


You may or may not have heard of EMDR therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. This is a therapy that is fairly new to the counseling field (the last 30 years or so), introduced by Francine Shapiro. It uses bilateral stimulation of your eyes or hand tappers to help stimulate your left and right sides of your brain while you process troubling incidents from your past or a current issue. It also uses dual focus of the issue to process and the moment in the room. With your mind fully stimulated in this way, you will be able to process these troubling incidents in new ways and make new connections that have been previously stuck and difficult to manage. This method of therapy was initially used to treat mostly trauma, but now has been shown to be effective for many more issues such as depression, anxiety, drug abuse, pain management, and more.

EMDR can access emotions and help process difficult material that previously took much more time to navigate in traditional therapy. A foundation of EMDR is to take down the barriers that you have in place to allow your body and mind heal naturally. The length of time will vary from person to person, depending on the extent of trauma and/or emotion they are experiencing.

If you still have questions about how EMDR works, or if this is right for you. Please feel free to contact me. My phone number is 502-712-9604.

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