VISTA COUNSELING has a team of trained EMDR practitioners by the International EMDR Association. Our experts are eager to help clients to reprocess past traumatic experiences.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
EMDR Therapy is a Recognized Effective Treatment for PTSD
EMDR is recognized by The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment.
How does EMDR therapy affect the brain?
Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between tthe amygdala, the hyppocampus and the prefrontal cortex. While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help. EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.”
Experiencing EMDR Therapy
The client will work through the eight phases of EMDR therapy with their therapist.
Attention will be given to a negative image, belief, and body feeling related to this event, and then to a positive belief that would indicate the issue was resolved.
A typical EMDR therapy session lasts from 60-90 minutes.
Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?
Children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:
Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
Chronic Illness and medical issues
Depression and bipolar disorder
Grief and loss
PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
Substance abuse and addiction
Violence and abuse