Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocesssing

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive psychotherapy which accelerates the treatment of disturbing life events that impact current functioning. EMDR is used to treat a wide range of presenting symptoms.

EMDR therapy as a protocol, was developed from the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) by Dr. Francine Shapiro. The AIP model proposes that generally our brain is primed to process information to adaptive resolution and holds a tendency toward self-healing. Yet, there are experiences in our lives that interrupt this typical progression and result in unprocessed memories/information that can become the basis of dysfunction.

EMDR therapy utilizes bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movements, while revisiting distressing memories in a defined protocol. This therapeutic protocol facilitates the capacity to produce a more fully processed memory, resulting in greater integration, resolution and calm.

Examples of presenting issues that may be approached using EMDR therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Performance blocks: (Writers block, musical performance, public speaking)
  • Complicated Grief
  • Addiction Issues
  • School Bullying
  • Depression / Anxiety

To learn more about EMDR, please visit www.emdria.org for videos, podcasts, and additional information.

The Counseling Center does not currently offer EMDR therapy.