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What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Therapy is not hypnosis. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, part of Psychotherapy, is an evidence-based protocol which has been developed and refined by leading clinicians and researchers in the mental health field around the world.

Paying dual attention to 1) the memory, fear, or phobia and to 2) side-to-side eye movements has been shown to activate the brain’s innate ability to resolve maladaptive (or unfinished) processing of a painful memory, fear, or phobia. Also, the brain gains a new understanding of the memory, fear, or phobia. The basic principle is not to re-experience anything, but to reorganize thoughts, feelings, and experiences inside the brain.

Initially thought to be useful only for symptoms of PTSD, EMDR Therapy is now a proven effective treatment for a variety of symptoms such as phobias and fears, grief, anxiety, depression, addiction, and chronic pain, although this list is not exhaustive.

Based on in-depth, on-going studies, researchers have discovered that the dual attention to 1) the memory and 2) to the bilateral stimulation allows the brain to respond in an adaptive way which was not previously possible for the brain to manage due to stress. This response creates the neurophysiological changes needed to resolve the symptoms.

For more information on EMDR Therapy or to see the research, please click here.

To make an EMDR appointment with me or if you have questions, please call me at (415) 794-5243 or email me at natalie@nataliemillsmft.com.