What is EMDR/Brainspotting therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) methodology is a form of adaptive information processing which may help the brain unblock maladaptive material. It also appears that EMDR may avoid some of the long and difficult emotional work often involved in the treatment of mental health issues. The standardized protocol consists of 8 phases where each client is taken through a 3 pronged approach (past, present, and future) for optimal resolution of adverse life experiences. Bilateral stimulation is used to reprocess these events, images, or beliefs by means of eye movements, auditory tones, or via tactile (touch). Brainspotting is another form of psychotherapy that uses the client’s visual field to help access and heal unprocessed trauma that is held in the brain.

What kind of issues can EMDR/Brainspotting treat?

  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction
  • Attachment issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • PTSD
  • Relationship issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma
  • Trauma Based Psychosis
  • Traumatic Grief

Note: EMDR cannot treat grief as grief is a normal and much needed means of moving through loss. However, it does treat the trauma and irrational thoughts associated with traumatic grief. When the maladaptive information has been reprocessed we can work together to move through the natural stages of grief in a healthy way.

For more information visit the EMDR International Association.

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