Holding Hearts Psychotherapy now offers Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for persons who have gone through small-t: trauma or big-T: Trauma.

EMDR is an evidence-based treatment to help persons struggling with:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Life Transitions
  • Partner Relationships
  • Parenting Issues
  • Survivors of a Death by Suicide
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Work Related Stress

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a useful treatment in helping the brain process trauma to gain new perspective into the particular memory of an event.

In the 1980s, Francine Shapiro created a technique that was initially intended for the treatment of traumatic stress reactions, grief and anxiety-provoking memories.

Further research conducted adding information on the Bilateral Stimulation consisted of either vibrations or tapping movement on different sides of the body, or tones delivered through headphones that help with dual awareness.

Dual Awareness helps with being present and grounded in the now, while this treatment helps the brain process trauma to make new internal connections as you focus on the memories and other associations that are freely made during the sets of bilateral stimulation.

Many psychologists and psychotherapist alike use EMDR to assist clients in recovery with trauma. Research shows that EMDR helps with reducing stress from PTSD. However, EMDR is not for everyone; therefore, it is important to have an assessment completed in order to know if this treatment is right for you.