Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Is EMDR Right for Me?

If you’re struggling with feelings of being stuck in past memories and or experiences, or want help with any of the following EMDR may be helpful for you:

  • Eliminating internal obstacles to achieve personal goals
  • Helping deal with life crises
  • Changing repetitive behavioral patterns
  • Dealing with anxiety or phobias
  • Recovering form traumatic events

Taken from Tal Croitoru’s book, The EMDR Revolution

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based psychological trauma treatment. This is a technique used by trained therapists that aid you in processing memories or experiences from the past that may be causing you distress in your day to day life.

EDMR is used to help you sort through negative experiences of the past, desensitize present triggers that are difficult, and incorporate templates for future action that allow you to excel in your relationships with others and yourself.

What to Expect with EMDR?

Before engaging with EMDR you will be guided through grounding exercises, and calming activities with a trained therapist so that when processing traumatic experiences you feel emotionally safe and have tools to help you regain a sense of containment. During the EMDR process you will focus on negative or disturbing beliefs, body sensations, emotions and memories, while an outside stimuli (such as eye movements, tapping or sounds)  help the brain process through the experience. This type of therapy is unlike recalling events  to another person as it activates different parts of the brain and helps the body work through physiological responses to trauma. EMDR allows you to be totally aware, awake and active in the process of recovering from traumatic memories.

If you’re looking for therapeutic support and are interested in EMDR please contact me to set up a free of charge 20 minute phone consultation. I am located in Toronto and provide both online and in person counselling sessions.