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you have tried traditional talk therapy and received limited results…

you still finding yourself waking up with nightmares, struggling with intrusive thoughts, and unable to move past a traumatic event…

your struggle to move forward has impacted your relationships with people you love, your connections with others and your ability to be present and enjoy the moment…

you are tired of struggling and ready to put in the hard work needed to heal from the ghosts of your past

EMDR may be right for you!

What is emdr?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. (From <>)

What can EMDR be used to treat?
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • Performance anxiety
  • Complicated grief
  • Stress reduction
  • Disturbing memories
  • Addiction issues and craving (specialized protocols)
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Emotional distress related to sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • body dismorphic disorders.
What Research and Evidence is there on EMDR’s effectiveness?

Initially, EMDR was utilized and studied as a therapy for PTSD. More than 30 controlled clinical trials of EMDR therapy have now been completed and reported, attesting to its value and demonstrating its usefulness across all ages, genders, and cultures for post-traumatic stress disorders. Trained clinicians have since modified and applied the basic protocols of this psychotherapy to many other conditions, including:

EMDR therapy is a cost-effective, non-invasive, evidence-based method of psychotherapy that facilitates adaptive information processing. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies. Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive

What are the 8 phases of EMDR treatment?

  1. History Taking: Therapists explores client/symptom background, assesses treatment readiness and develops a treatment plan.
  2. Preparation: Therapist assess current coping skills and outlets while teaching and reinforcing healthy and adaptive ways to manage emotions that may occur during EMDR process.
  3. Assessment: Therapist works with the client to identify target needing to be processed; including a mental image, negative belief and feelings associated with this target.
  4. Reprocessing: Therapist leads the client through ‘sets’ of bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tactile stimulation or sounds) that allow the mind to move towards more healthy and adaptive ways to process memories. The therapist helps the client to move through sets but the client is the one who makes connections and allows memories to heal and change.
  5. Installation: When targets have transitioned away from negative beliefs and emotional disruption to healthier and more adaptive ones this is then reinforced within the client.
  6. Body Scan: The client assesses themselves for any remaining physical distress or disruption related to target memory.
  7. Closure: Therapist assists the client in creating closure at the end of each session and ensuring they have the emotional resources and calming outlets needed to manage any emotions or distress between sessions.
  8. Reevaluation: At the following session therapist and client reassess target needs and  directio

Trained and licensed mental health clinicians. At Angelus we proudly have 2 EMDRIA Certified Clinicians in EMDR that have extensive history and success with this treatment modality:

Nessa Wilson, LCSWMichelle Lombardo, LCSW 

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Resources to learn more:

There are also some great resources available to use to assist yourself and/or a loved one explore and understand this great evidenced based treatment. Some of the ones we often recommend include:

Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life By: Francine Shapiro

This is an easy read book meant for someone considering, preparing for or undergoing EMDR therapy. It outlines the process in non clinical terms and we frequently recommend it to people BEFORE we will start EMDR

Movie: Inside Out

This fantastic animated movie illustrates not only the use of emotions but also many core parts of the EMDR process. Offers a great language base in discussing the process with kids and adults.