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EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.  


Many people think of trauma as a single, horrific incident such as a rape, car accident, combat, et cetera.  The English word “trauma” is translated from the Greek word “wound.”  From the EMDR perspective, trauma can be defined as an experience that leaves one feeling emotionally wounded, however minor the experience may seem to have been. 


Trauma can also include multiple or on-going wounding experiences, such as living with substance abuse or other types of abuse. 

EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.  EMDR can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

  • Chronic Illness and medical issues

  • Depression and bipolar disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Pain

  • Performance anxiety

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Trauma and stress-related issues

  • Sexual assault

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Violence and abuse

For more information about EMDR please go here.


EMDR can be used within holistic counseling, as adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.

EMDR Institute, Inc.
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