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What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

Our team at Restorative Psychotherapy & Wellness specializes in EMDR therapy and is trained to guide you through the process of safely reprocessing traumatic memories, reducing their impact, and developing healthy coping mechanisms. With EMDR, our therapists use bilateral stimulation (eye movements, or other forms) to help clients access and process difficult memories in a safe and controlled environment. 

If you have experienced a traumatic event and are looking for effective treatment, EMDR therapy may be the right choice for you. Contact Restorative Psychotherapy & Wellness today to learn more about EMDR and how it can help you on your journey toward healing.


How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy is integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.


EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas of childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute Inc.


What does EMDR help?

EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:

  • Panic Attacks

  • Complicated Grief

  • Dissociative Orders

  • Disturbing Memories

  • Phobias

  • Pain Disorders

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Addictions

  • Stress Reduction

  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders

  • Personality Disorders


Do none of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?

Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know are not true?

If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.


Contact us today so we can schedule an appointment to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.

*For a more detailed explanation, please click on the link below to watch a video created by the National Center for PTSD explaining EMDR.

When most people think of PTSD, they think of combat military Veterans - brave men and women who have served in our armed forces; but did you also know that PTSD affects nearly 8 million OTHER people per year? Men and women of all ages. PTSD can occur after you’ve been through any kind of trauma - accidents, personal injury, a witness to disaster or violent crime, and victims of physical or sexual assault - PTSD can impact you as well as those you love. Help is available.


Have some questions first? You can always reach out here, or email us directly at

If you are hoping to finally lighten this load and feel like yourself again, contact us today for a free consultation.

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