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What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an extensively researched and effective psychotherapy method proven to help people dealing with trauma and other hard life experiences, including PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

The American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the International for Traumatic Stress Studies, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense, The Cochrance Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment.

How does EMDR work, and who is it for?

One of the difficulties that comes with healing from traumatic experiences is the natural dissociation that stops the other parts of the brain from easily connecting to the content.

The EMDR process works with safety and bilateral stimulation to allow the brain to reprocess the trauma and reorient meanings that were created at the time of the trauma that may be currently causing you difficulties in other areas of your life. EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges. It works with trauma such as anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, chronic illness and medical issues, depression and bipolar issues, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, grief and loss, pain, performance anxiety, personality disorders, sexual assaults, sleep disturbances, substance abuse and addiction, violence and abuse, and PTSD. It can also be extremely helpful in reprocessing meanings created in early childhood experiences.

We have therapists who are ready to help you discover a better relationship with yourself and with others, and we offer free consultations so that you can get a better feel before you commit. 


The EMDR International Association provides us an introduction to EMDR therapy.

IPNB Affiliate, Mark Blockus, sat down with Jules to answer a few questions about EMDR.

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