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Upsetting life events and our interpretations of these events are like the clouds that obstruct the experience of our wholeness.
— Laurel Parnell

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. To date EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. 

While many traumatic or disturbing life events can resolve on their own, often times these experiences can overwhelm the nervous system and get "locked in", accompanied by the same body sensations, beliefs, images, and thoughts from the original incident(s). While the body's natural intelligence to survive through fight/flight/freeze is useful at the time, these survival strategies can continue to be triggered and impact one's capacity to be present in daily life.

Whether you have experienced disturbing live event(s) in childhood or as an adult and/or are struggling to cope with current stress, EMDR taps into the adaptive information processing system (a fancy term for the innate healing mechanism in our body/mind) which promotes integration and wholeness. After successful EMDR treatment you will no longer relive the event every time it is brought to mind. You will still remember what happened, but it will be a memory of the past, no longer feeling like an event that is occurring in the here and now.

EMDR Therapy is an effective treatment not only for trauma, but also daily life stress, accidents, phobias, chronic pain, and anxiety disorders. 

Please reference the following links for more specific information on the applications of EMDR Therapy:

EMDR Therapy and Our Internal Wisdom of Healing by Sarah Rose

EMDR for teens

Bessel van der kolk on EMDR and Yoga

Bessel van der kolk on EMDR treatment

EMDR Therapy for Complex PTSD