EMDR Therapy

When we experience a terrifying or devastating experience, our bodies instinctively go into a fight-or-flight-or-freeze state. Even though the event is over and you know you are safe, you nevertheless feel on edge and experience feelings of irritability and could lead to trouble sleeping, struggling to focus, and enduring frequent waves of sadness, panic or anger.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses bilateral stimulation to help your brain reprocess extreme experiences and store them in an adaptive form, thus encouraging your nervous system to return to normal functioning. EMDR is a research-backed therapeutic technique endorsed by the American Psychological Association as well as the World Health Organization.

What are the benefits of EMDR?

Although originally designed to treat the impacts of extreme cases such as the Vietnam war veterans, it has demonstrated effectiveness in more common experiences such as grief, anxiety, depression, childhood trauma and more. 

Anxiety, depression and other disorders often stem in part from a combination of a hyper-or-hypo aroused nervous system with negative ideas about yourself, others and the world. In addition to stabilizing your nervous system, EMDR can help you authentically embody the ideas that you decide would better serve you in daily life. 

To be clear: EMDR can’t erase your memories or “brainwash” you. But it can help you adopt what you determine is a healthier perspective on life as well as move beyond your past so that you can better enjoy your present.

In-person & Virtual Therapy:
Sue Bedford
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
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