EMDR - Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR for short, is a leading therapy model that helps people heal from past events that cause ongoing emotional distress, and which may translate into negative beliefs they carry about themselves. EMDR was started by Francine Shapiro in 1987, and has three decades of research showing its success in treating clients with a variety of life stressors. 


EMDR therapy is made up of eight phases of treatment, all of which can be completed in one session, depending on the target. Treatment can last a range of time depending on the severity of the trauma, the openness of the client, and the number of traumatic target events or beliefs that the client hopes to resolve.


If working on one disturbing past event, multiple research studies have found that 80-90% of clients will experience relief after 3 sessions. However, many clients working through a single traumatic event using EMDR report some relief after the first session.


EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation (usually eye movements) to elicit the unresolved wounds one carries and reroute neural pathways to allow for healing. While the sadness and grief of an event may always remain, the reaction and emotional weight one carries can be resolved, so that the individual can live an easier and more content life.


An event that made an individual feel powerless, empty, angry, or in pain, may now make that individual see themselves as strong, fulfilled, at peace, and content. 


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EMDR treatment austin tx

Our therapists are all trained in EMDR and find that its use in therapy has the potential to bring about powerful positive change in clients' lives. If you are interested in discussing EMDR's potential benefits for you, please reach out to one of our therapists.


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In more recent research, EMDR has also been shown to be an effective treatment for many different diagnoses and mental health concerns. EMDR has been known to help clients who have experienced traumas such as:

  • abuse

  • neglect 

  • assault 

  • injuries

  • accidents 


People often don't realize that EMDR can be very effective in helping clients with:

  • eating disorders 

  • body image concerns 

  • anxiety and panic 

  • phobias 

  • depression and bipolar disorders 

  • relational distress 

  • dissociative disorders 

  • grief and loss 

  • chronic pain


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Traditionally the treatment for internal struggles (expressed as a variety of mental health and addiction issues) was long-term talk therapy. While this approach can be helpful in some ways, it can be ineffective for some of the more troubling aspects of an individual's presenting problem.  


One of the reasons for this is that early and/or traumatic memory is often stored ineffectively in the more primitive areas of the brain. Talk therapy is engaging the more advanced parts of the brain which work in logic and abstract thinking.  


This advanced part cannot communicate with the primitive part. This is what we see with someone who describes feeling this way: "I know in my mind what you are saying is true, but I cannot seem to believe it."

Most of our therapists are trained in EMDR and use EMDR in their practice, when appropriate, to enhance the therapeutic process for her clients.  

How does EMDR work?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. 


Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. 


EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. 


When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. 


The brain's information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. 


Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. 

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