Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): People who are suffering from the after effects of traumatic events or experiences in their life (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD) can benefit from the services provided by our therapists trained and certified in EMDR. This powerful method of psychotherapy was first developed to aid in treating PTSD, but it has also been a useful tool in the treatment of panic attacks, grief, phobias, performance anxiety and many other conditions. Through the use of EMDR a therapist will work with the client to identify a specific problem or event and what their current negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs are about it. Then he will facilitate the client’s reprocessing of the event until they are able to see it in a less negative and distressing way.

  • EMDR does not require the client to go into detail about the distressing events of the past. Unlike many “talk” therapies, there is no need to analyze the trauma for long periods of time.
  • EMDR is a multi-faceted approach.The fact that it simultaneously works on mind, body, and emotions may account for its success in taking mere intellectual understanding of the origins of a problem (e.g. “I know I have guilt over killing in the war”) to a resolution where post-traumatic symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and anger outbursts clear up.
  • The trauma that must be re-experienced during treatment is relatively short-lived. Cognitive reprocessing occurs simultaneously with memory recall.


Over the last 18 years evidence has accumulated that supports EMDR as an effective treatment for problems associated with distressing memories that relate to the experience of a negative/traumatic event. The evidence about whether EMDR is effective will be first considered on the basis of what scientific committees from around the world have concluded, then EMDR will be compared to typical treatments, medication and traditional exposure based treatments. Although EMDR is generally considered an efficacious treatment for the treatment of trauma, and its effectiviness is considered to be eqivalent to that of traditional exposure therapy, the working mechanisms that underlie the effectiveness of EMDR, and whether the eye movement component in EMDR contributes to its clinical effectiveness it still a point of uncertainty and contentious debate.

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