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(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
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What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful method of psychotherapy, to date, that has helped an estimated 2 million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.  It relieves the symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues using (in its original form) only movements of the eyes similar to those which occur naturally in REM sleep.  The goal in EMDR is to help clients remove negative associations and impulses with past and present experiences.  This powerful short-term therapy is highly effective for a wide range of disorders:
 
  • chronic pain
  • phobias
  • depression/anxiety
  • addictions
  • eating disorders
  • worry/stage fright
  • recovery from effects of abuse & trauma
  • complicated grief
  • disturbing memories
  • panic attacks
  • low self-esteem/image
  • stress/ stress reduction
  • performance anxiety
In 2004, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), gave EMDR the same status as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  When an event or traumatic memory is held in memory along with its emotional and physical content of the original experience, sometimes the memory/event can get us "stuck", not being able to move forward with our lives.  This is where EMDR comes in, as it "desensitizes and reprocesses" the difficult memory/issue so that you have peace with it. 

EMDR is a therapy that was developed in the late 80s in the USA, and have been extensively studied, and validated by regulating and governmental bodies in the USA and around the world. 

Given the type of modality, EMDR is only available via face-to-face and not over the phone.  For more information regarding this modality, visit:
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