• Derek Edwards, LAC

How Can EMDR Therapy Help You?



So what is EMDR Therapy? 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidenced-based psychotherapy method proven to help people suffering from the effects of trauma and other distressing experiences including

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Panic disorders

  • PTSD


One thing that makes EMDR therapy different from traditional talk therapy  is that it does not require talking in detail about the trauma inorder to be effective. Instead, EMDR therapy uses your brain’s natural healing process to help you process and recover from traumatic experiences [1].


EMDR therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in the late 1980’s, originally to treat PTSD. While other treatment models focus on treating thoughts, emotions, and behaviors related to traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the distressing memory, aiming to change the way the memory is stored in the brain, reducing the problematic symptoms [2].


EMDR therapy utilizes techniques including

  • Eye movements 

  • Tapping

  • Audio stimulation 

  • Tactile stimulation 


These techniques help both sides of your brain communicate with each other to process your memories and allows natural healing to take place. When you experience trauma, it can feel like you have lost control of your life. When this happens, the memory of that event can become stuck in our mind, resulting in symptoms such as 

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Depression

  • Anger

  • Guilt

  • Shame


Through EMDR therapy, your brain can help resolve these distressing symptoms.


What can I expect during an EMDR therapy session?

Once you and your therapist have determined that EMDR therapy is a good fit, you will work through the phases of EMDR therapy with your therapist. During an EMDR therapy session your therapist will lead you in what is called bilateral stimulation, which is a fancy way of saying a rhythmic back and forth pattern (through eye movements, physical taps, or tactile stimulation) [3]. As you do so, your brain will begin the work of helping you reprocess your traumatic memories and diminish the negative emotional and physiological symptoms [4].


Through EMDR therapy  you can move from thinking things such as

I am not safe
I didn't do enough
It is my fault

to instead believing

I am safe
I did the best I could
It is not my fault


For more information or to setup a free consultation or schedule a session:

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derek@mosaicwellnesscounseling.com

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Sources:

[1] https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/

[2] https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments/eye-movement-reprocessing

[3] https://www.anagomez.org/what-emdr-teens/

[4] https://www.anagomez.org/what-emdr-adults/