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Desensitization &

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a one-on-one form of psychotherapy that is designed to reduce trauma-related stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to improve overall mental health functioning. Treatment is provided by an EMDR therapist, who first reviews the client’s history and assesses the client’s readiness for EMDR.

Nicole Siegel, LCSW, LCDC is EMDR certified, therefore able to provide EMDR therapy to appropriate clients.

What problems are helped by EMDR?

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
work accident
natural disaster
witness to violence
childhood abuse
victims of violent crimes
performance and test anxiety

anxiety or panic
spiritual trauma
childhood trauma
physical abuse
sexual abuse
post-traumatic stress
bad temper
overwhelming fears
panic attacks
low self-esteem
relationship problems
brooding or worrying
trouble sleeping

Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. EMDR is typically delivered in 60- to 90-minute sessions, although shorter sessions have been used successfully. The number of sessions varies with the complexity of the trauma being treated.

There has been so much research on EMDR that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by

A New Way to Heal

organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense.

In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. The net effect is that clients conclude feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution.

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