What is EMDR

What is EMDR

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a comprehensive and integrative method of individual psychotherapy where the therapist guides the client through a procedure to access and resolve troubling experiences and emotions.

The underlying premise of EMDR is that panic and anxiety experiences are processed differently by the brain than are usual experiences. One theory of memory is that during severe stress a part of the brain responsible for modulating emotions (the amygdala) temporarily shuts down another part of the brain responsible for usual memory processing (the hippocampus). The traumatic experience is trapped outside of the usual brain processing power, and EMDR allows the client to access the experience and transform it to declarative memory using the hippocampus.

EMDR is most commonly used to address emotional disturbance related to disturbing or traumatic events such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition to reactions to trauma, EMDR is used to help troubling symptoms such as anxiety, depression, guilt, and anger. EMDR can also be used to enhance emotional resources such as confidence and self-esteem.

EMDR can help if you are experiencing:

  • high stress levels
  • panic disorder
  • anxiety
  • addictions
  • dissociative disorders
  • depression
  • sexual concerns
  • trauma (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • loss
  • low self esteem

You can learn more from the EMDR institute. Dr. Nicola is a trained EMDR Practicioner and ready to guide you in your journey of healing. Get in touch with Dr. Nicola today to schedule an appointment and learn more about EMDR.

About Nicola Simmersbach, PsyD LMFT LPCC