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EMDR is an effective evidence-based psychotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other psychiatric conditions, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms.

EMDR is based, on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, which posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences.

This impairs individuals’ capacity to process and integrate traumatic or distressing life experiences in an adaptive manner.

EMDR Therapy facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, enhanced view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

In EMDR Therapy, specific steps are used to access and reprocess information which incorporates alternating bilateral visual, auditory, or tactile stimulation. These treatment procedures and protocols facilitate information reprocessing. EMDR utilizes an 8-phase, 3-pronged, approach to treatment that optimizes sufficient client stabilization before, during, and after the reprocessing of distressing and traumatic memories and associated stimuli. The intent of the EMDR approach to psychotherapy is to facilitate the client’s innate ability to heal.