Information on EMDR-Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
(EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched
and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is
a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from
many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR has helped an
estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy
works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that
when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information
as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time,"
and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the
first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t
changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes
with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to
other people. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that
the brain processes information. Normal information processing is
resumed, so following a successful EMDR session; a person no longer
relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought
to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.
Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears
to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid
eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically
based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new
and less distressing way.
What Kind Of Problems
Can EMDR Treat?
research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic
stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using
EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
- complicated grief
- dissociative disorders
- disturbing memories
- pain disorders
- eating disorders
- performance anxiety
- stress reduction
- sexual and/or physical abuse
- body dysmorphic disorders
- personality disorders
What EMDR Clients Are
This is just a note to let you know about how EMDR has changed
my little girl. We started therapy in November 2005, and we have
had 8 sessions so far. She is 6 years old and has had severe symptoms of
PTSD from being abused. Although regular therapy had been a little
successful, her progress was slow and arduous. Now, through
EMDR my daughter seems happier, and her "fits" (aggressive
rages) have been significantly reduced. Even though we are
still in EMDR therapy, I could not wait to tell you how much
we think this therapy has helped our precious daughter. Nothing
we have tried was this successful.
A few years ago I underwent EMDR. I was skeptical, of course. At
this point in time, however, I see that it saved my
marriage, my sanity and my relationship with my children. I was
suffering from PTSD after experiencing much loss and never
even realized that's what stood in the way of a healthy life.
It's a wonderful treatment and more people should be informed
was a member of the Canadian Army for over 20 years. I suffered
from OSI (operational stress injury), depression, and the loss
of my daughter and wife killed by a drunk driver. For over a year
of treatment and work on my part I have finally found some peace
of mind, my anger and depression had lowered to a manageable
level. Today, I see the light at the end of the tunnel.... I know
that this treatment EMDR is by far the best I ever received in the
mental health field, and the great thing is no meds.
Thank you, G.C.
(Above information is available on the EMDR International Web Site
at www.emdria.org )
Christian Counseling and EMDR
As a client-centered therapy, EMDR is concerned with the clients'
cognitive, emotional, physical and social contexts. Here at Christian
Counseling Services, we are concerned with the spiritual well-being
of our clients as well. EMDR is not hypnosis. It is another technique
to be used in the counselor's tool box. EMDR is never to be used
in place of scripture, prayer and/or the tenants of faith. Dr. Kelly
is a trained and experienced provider of EMDR services. Call the
office for additional information and to schedule an appointment
with Dr. Kelly.