EMDR / Trauma

What is EMDR?

EMDR, which stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a type of therapy that helps people deal from distress, trauma, and other difficult life experiences. The mind has the capacity to heal itself much in the same way the body can heal itself if it has the right tools and circumstances. 

EMDR helps remove the emotional blocks that have kept people from emotionally healing. Often when people have had a very distressing, traumatic or abusive experience, they get stuck in that pain. Their pain can become trapped in the body's nervous system and the brain is unable to process it. EMDR has proven to be a powerful method for moving people forward so they can gain some emotional distance from their past pain and learn to gain more control of their lives.

After competing EMDR, your brain no longer feels stuck to relive past experiences. You will still be aware that these experiences happened, but you will not feel as upset or anxious about them. You will start to feel safe again.  

A typical sessions lasts 50-90 minutes. EMDR can be used instead of or along with other techniques and types of therapy.  


How is EMDR different from other therapies?

EMDR doesn't involve having to talk in great detail about the distressing events that happened to you or having to go into great detail about your childhood or other past traumatic events. It also does not rely on doing homework between sessions. EMDR does rely on opening up the networks that naturally allow your brain to heal instead of focusing on changing distorted thought, emotions and behaviors. 

EMDR allows you to resolve that have not been dealt with before. It usually promotes healing in a shorter number of sessions than typical talk therapy. 

Who would benefit from EMDR

EMDR works for children, adolescents and adults. It has worked well for people dealing with a wide range of issues including:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety, phobias and panic
  • Sexual assault
  • Eating Disorders
  • Violence and abuse
  • Grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Performance anxiety

How do I know if EMDR is appropriate for me? You may benefit from EMDR if you have any of the following:

  • Feeling stuck or frozen
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling unsafe
  • Irrational outbursts and emotionality
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Panic attacks
  • Flashbacks, obtrusive ideas and memories
  • Feeling disconnected from your body or spacing out
  • Feeling unexplained muscle tension, tightness
  • Unexplained medical conditions

Does is work?

EMDR is a highly researched for of mental health treatment. 

According to the EMDR Institute, Inc. "More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy.Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. 

There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. "

Start to heal and feel safe in your body and in your life. We have trained EMDR therapists in Houston, TX that can help you. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to see if EMDR therapy is right for you.