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Stephanie Hurst MFT, EMDR Therapy WA

EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

What Is EMDR Therapy?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy utilizes bilateral stimulation to help reprocess thoughts and memories to help heal emotional distress.  This therapy is a powerful tool and it is a privilege to utilize this method of therapy with my clients.

There is a wealth of studies that have shown a evidence that EMDR helps decrease the emotional distress one feels from traumatic memories or disturbing experiences.  It is also utilized to address current triggers one may experience in present time.  

What Can EMDR Therapy be Used For?

EMDR Therapy is an evidence based approach to treat symptoms of trauma (PTSD), depression and anxiety.  It can also be used to help process difficulties stemming from generational trauma or unresolved childhood wounds.  EMDR is an effective treatment for concerns ranging from big and small.

What Can you Expect with EMDR?

EMDR Therapy is a powerful treatment tool.  It consists of an eight phase treatment that includes history taking, preparation, desensitization and reprocessing, and reevaluation.  The beauty of EMDR therapy is that it utilizes your own neural network and does not require in-depth recalling of traumatic and distressing experiences.  EMDR does not make you forget your memories but rather you will have a significant decrease in disturbance and symptoms stemming from certain memories.

How Long Does EMDR Therapy Take?

EMDR Therapy often takes a lot less time to experience healing than traditional talk therapy.  This is because you are moving disturbance through your neural network and reprocessing it.  This cannot be done in talk therapy.  Depending on the complexity of your presenting concerns, it can take as little as 5-7 sessions to experience significant decrease in your disturbance.

EMDR intensives are also available for some clients based on stability and availability.

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