EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) is an internationally recognized and evidence proven therapy developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. Extensive research has been done demonstrating its effectiveness. This therapy combines imagery, mindfulness, and cognitive techniques in a structured treatment plan designed to meet each client’s specific treatment needs. EMDR therapy is often used in trauma counseling and in the treatment of a variety of presenting concerns including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, and addiction recovery support.

The process of doing EMDR therapy typically involves focus on a traumatic or disturbing memory while doing bilateral eye movements, applying self taps, listening to alternating tones, and/or holding tappers that create alternating vibrations in hands. Due to COVID-19, we are currently conducting EMDR sessions remotely. To support this process, we are using a web-based application for bilateral eye movements, auditory means, or tapping. This process enables the brain to resolve emotional trauma and clients can gain additional insight.

EMDR therapy case conceptualization involves formulating a treatment plan that takes into account many aspects of development including attachment background, coping skills, internal and external resources and trauma history.

In EMDR treatment, the resolution tends to be more thorough and long standing than other forms of therapy as one can address the root of the problem, any current triggers associated with the problem as well as future scenarios. If you are looking for results you’ve not yet attained, give us a call to discuss how EMDR might be of help to you.

For more information, please contact Dr. Raffaela Peter at (240) 252-3349; 813 or RPeter@KentlandsPsychotherapy.com .

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