Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional stress. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.

The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions: loss of a loved one, injury of a loved one, car accident, fire, work accidents, assault, robbery, rape, natural disaster, injury, illness, witness to violence, childhood abuse, victims of violent crimes, performance and test, anxiety, trauma, depression, anxiety or panic, phobias, fears, childhood trauma, physical or sexual abuse, PTSD, bad temper, low self-esteem, relationship problems, worrying, trouble sleeping, and more. The EMDR technique is the most effective when used in conjunction of other traditional methods of therapy in treating these and many other emotional disorders. EMDR therapy can help clients release their anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.

What are the symptoms that can be helped by EMDR? EMDR can help symptoms such as high anxiety and lack of motivation, depression, memories of a traumatic experience, fear of being alone, unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame, difficulty in trusting others, and relationship problems.

Since the initial medical study in 1989 positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with the following populations: people who have witnessed or been a victim to a disaster (rape, accidents, earthquakes, fires, murder, gang related violence; clients suffering PTSD; suffers panic disorders and anxiety attacks, suffers of phobia, chemically dependent clients; persons exposed to excess loss (loss by death, violence, divorce, loss of a house by fire); crime victims and police officers who were once overcome with violent memories; accident or burn victims. Although a fairly new therapeutic technique, EMDR is meeting with success all across the country. EMDR is a natural process. The client and become partners on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked energy. Together they work to transcend and free up the energy, so the client can return to their natural grounded state of being. The goal of this work is to help the client heal, so they can return to their life in peace.

There are a number of factors to consider when evaluating the appropriateness of EMDR therapy for a clients particular situation and history. During your initial consultation with a trained therapist, all the relevant factors will be discussed in full to help you both come to a decision to move forward with EMDR.

For more information about EMDR or to schedule an appointment, please call Cary Behavioral Health and speak to Mary Emerson at (919) 466 – 7540