Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Counseling & Therapy Services in Orlando, East Orlando, Lake Mary, Winter Park & Clermont Florida FL

What Is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a powerful counseling technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough technique because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.

EMDR uses a technique called bilateral stimulation, (using right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation), which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system (the basis of the mind/body connection) to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.

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How Does It Work? The counselor works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. They then holds their fingers about eighteen inches from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper (this can also be accomplished through hand taping or alternating auditory sounds). The client tracks the movements as if watching ping pong. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.

emdrWhat problems are helped by EMDR? EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.  This therapy protocol is especially effective for emotional problems or traumatic events that have taken place within the last three months.

The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:

  1. Injury or Loss of a Loved One
  2. Car Accident or Work Related Accidents & Injuries
  3. Witness of Violent Crimes / Post Traumatic Stress
  4. Test Anxiety / Relational Anxiety
  5. Trouble Sleeping / Worrying / Phobias / Fears
  6. Low Self-Esteem / Bad Temper / Panic Attacks
  7. Physical, Emotional, Verbal & Sexual Abuse / Rape
  8. Natural Disasters / Fire / Childhood Trauma & Abuse
  9. Depression / Anger / Sadness / Assault
  10. Eating Disorders / Performance Anxiety

This information was adapted from the following Resources:

Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, 2nd Ed. , The Guilford Press:  New York, NY