EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is a psychotherapy modality originally developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help people heal from trauma. Since it's beginnings, EMDR has been used effectively to help people with a wide variety of emotional and psychological problems including PTSD, anxiety, phobias, depression, attachment disorders and others.
EMDR Therapy is based on the accelerated information processing (AIP). When something troubling occurs to a person, the brain can get blocked storing the troubling thoughts, feelings and senses. When a reminder of that event happens, those thoughts, feelings and senses may be triggered. EMDR works on helping the brain reprocess the troubling memories resulting in alleviating the emotional and psychological distress.
EMDR Therapy works through bilateral stimulation. That may mean bilateral stimulation of the eyes through guided eye movements. This is similar to what naturally occurs during dreams or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Other options for bilateral stimulation include bilateral tapping and/or auditory sound.
Interested in EMDR Therapy yet not sure how it might benefit you?
Watch the above YouTube Video and hear how it has helped others; even skeptics.
Read "Can You Benefit from EMDR Therapy" found at Psych Central written by Dr. Francine Shapiro to learn more about how this innovative therapy works.
EMDR Therapy can be used effectively with children who have experienced traumatic events and are currently residing in safe loving homes. I work with children who have experienced traumatic accidents, natural disasters, physical disability and losses, who are not currently involved in parental custody litigation, in DHHS custody nor is it expected that they will be.
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Nannette Nero Zuke, LMFT, LLC, Counseling & Psychotherapy, Kennebunk, Maine
Southern Maine Area Counselor