EMDR Therapy for Trauma
Less talk. More healing
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and has been around for over 40 years. It is considered an effective alternative therapy to treating trauma. Individuals who struggle to heal and process traumatic memories, distressing events, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will benefit most.
How EMDR Works in the Brain
This approach uses eye movements to "jumpstart" the brain's natural healing process and help clients alleviate trauma symptoms. Because eye movement allows the brain to bypass areas that make you emotionally stuck, you can quickly process and heal.
EMDR Often Works Faster Than Traditional Talk Therapy
Unlike other methods for treating trauma, in EMDR therapy, clients do NOT need to talk about their trauma in great length or detail to be effective.
Results are often faster than in traditional talk therapy. EMDR is also a versatile therapy with evidence showing it effectively treats conditions beyond trauma, such as anxiety and ADHD.
How many sessions of EMDR will I need?
EMDR can take between 6-12 sessions, longer if treating chronic symptoms of PTSD.
More sessions may be required if many traumatic instances need to be processed. How often you would do EMDR will depend on your symptoms. Some people will benefit most from weekly sessions. However, daily treatment may work better for others. Dr. Gerdin will recommend the best treatment plan for your needs.
What to Expect After EMDR Treatment
EMDR can bring up difficult memories or cause dreams that can feel upsetting. You may also feel tired or get headaches - which is normal. However, your body and mind are healing. Once this subsides, you might find an improved mood. You may also discover that you no longer feel the need to avoid certain situations.
Can EMDR be done virtually?
Yes. EMDR is also effective when done online via telehealth.
How do I know if EMDR will help me?
Not everyone is ready for EMDR therapy. While most benefit, this kind of trauma therapy may or may not be appropriate for you.
Be sure to speak with Dr. Gerdin about any concerns you have ahead of time.
Curious to learn more about EMDR therapy? Might EMDR therapy be an option for you?
Dr. Gerdin is a licensed board-certified clinical psychologist with extensive experience helping teens and adults with trauma. He is trained in
EMDR and performs the therapy. He is an EMDR Certified Therapist by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).