Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR.  It’s a long title to express one way that therapy may be really powerful in overcoming past struggles. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a kind of therapy that can be helpful if you (or your child) have experienced something difficult in your life and feel you can’t move past it.  Or maybe disturbing images or memories from the past seem to pop up uninvited. 

EDMR  doesn’t change the difficult events, but it can help them feel less disturbing. It is a way to reprocess past events in a safe environment. Using eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, our brain and body’s natural healing processes can take place. Stuck memories or events can  lose their painful intensity and become a neutral memory. This can lead to improvements in many areas of life. 

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For more info on EMDR, here is more info from two experts:

Ana Gomez gives info for parents about EMDR 

Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, answers questions

After an assessment, we will decide together if EMDR might be beneficial for you or your child.