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What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Therapy is an integrative therapy that helps people heal from traumatic events as well as life disturbing experiences. EMDR Therapy has gotten worldwide attention for helping millions of people heal from PTSD caused from traumatic events, such as rape, sexual abuse, auto accidents and combat. But EMDR Therapy can also help people who feel distress in their lives to heal and feel more whole after events that have been disturbing such as: divorce, life transitions, grief, anxiety, and much more.

When people are experiencing distress in their lives and can’t find a way to fix it on their own they end up coming in for EMDR Therapy. Sometimes events happen in a person’s life and he/she struggles to find a way to integrate that incident. That event can become an unprocessed memory and get stored in the brain creating symptoms that are uncomfortable. Physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and images associated with the event can get locked into the brain, and without treatment, may lead to distressing symptoms and behaviors.

EMDR Therapy is designed to help a person identify and process these stuck pieces so that the symptoms can decrease and one can feel more alive and less distressed. EMDR Therapy helps facilitate the activation of the brain’s inherent system to process and integrate the information that got stored or stuck. EMDR Therapy will not erase the memory; rather a person will be able to remember the story without all the emotional charge that was distressing before the treatment. The effect of EMDR Therapy is not desensitization in and of itself, but includes the multifaceted impact of reprocessing all aspects of negative, maladaptive information to adaptive, healthy, useful resolution.

~ Barb Maiberger, Maiberger Institute