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What is EMDR?

Updated: Sep 14

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a highly effective psychotherapy technique. This technique is based on the understanding that traumatic events can overwhelm the brain’s natural processes and aims to alleviate it by stimulating the brain’s natural healing abilities through bilateral stimulation. Bilateral stimulation includes eye movement, tapping, and sounds. This approach allows patients to reprocess traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment so they can integrate the experience into their life story in a healthier and more adaptive way.

EMDR has numerous and impactful benefits. Studies have shown that EMDR can significantly reduce the distress associated with the symptoms of PTSD, such as flashbacks, nightmares, and hypervigilance.

It also has been shown to significantly reduce other mental health conditions including anxiety disorders, phobias, and depression.

By targeting the root cause of these issues, rather than just managing the symptoms, EMDR offers a long-lasting and transformative healing process. Its non-invasive nature makes it accessible to a wide range or individuals, including those who may struggle with verbalizing their experiences.

EMDR is a relatively brief therapy compared to traditional talk therapy, with some clients experiencing noticeable improvements in as few as 6-12 sessions. Overall, EMDR has become a valuable tool in the field of psychology, providing hope and healing to those seeking relief from the lingering effects of trauma. CLEAR Counseling is so happy to be able to offer EMDR as an option to our clients, for more information please see If you are ready to begin the journey of EMDR please contact our office and we would be happy to help you on this path.

-The CLEAR Counseling Staff

Official ERAP EMDR Link

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