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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
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EMDR is the most researched protocol in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was developed by a trauma and cancer survivor Dr. Francis Shapiro. Evidence has supported EMDR as an intervention for PTSD, depression, and chronic pain. Still, EMDR is not a cure-all and not everyone is a strong candidate for EMDR. We do conduct EMDR in person and on telehealth, through Easy EMDR (see the second image to the left).

There are 8 stages in EMDR:

1.  Assessment and History

2. Resource Building: Calm Space, Coping Skills, Finding appropriate Bilateral Stimulation

3. Target Identification: Memories we would like to work on

4. Desensitize Negative Reactions and Thoughts

5. Positive Instillation: Naturally the brain will heal and see these memories in more neutral and sometimes even positive ways

6. Body Scan: Checking in if anything is leftover

7. Closure

8. Evaluate and Plan, if more targets return to #4 

I have worked with many people who have done EMDR before and found it overwhelming and life changing. We collaborate to foster and develop resources like emotional regulation, distress tolerance and communication to those who support you. If you are interested or have additional questions, we welcome you to reach out,

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