What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

EMDR Therapy is a comprehensive approach that addresses the physiological storage of memory and how it informs experience. Change is understood as a byproduct of reprocessing due to the alteration of memory storage and the linkage to adaptive memory networks.

Dual attention to bilateral stimulation or BLS (eye movements, tactile taps, and or auditory tones) is merely one component of EMDR therapy.

EMDR therapy is an integrative treatment approach (distinct from psychodynamic, CBT, experiential, etc.) consisting of 8 phases that is compatible with all major orientations to psychotherapy.

Different diagnoses can require different, often customized EMDR procedures incorporating the three-pronged protocol of past, present, and future.

EMDR Therapy is used to address adverse life experiences that contribute to problems in daily living.


Researched Populations Successfully Treated With EMDR Therapy:


  • Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief and Mourning
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Exposure to Domestic Violence

Byproducts Of EMDR:



  • Desensitization of emotional and physical distress
  • Increased relaxation and calmness
  • Spontaneous emerging of insights; changes in physical and emotional
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Integration: New learning becomes available in the current life context
  • No longer triggered when reminded of trauma (s)
  • Resolution of chronic pain
  • Generates responses of personal growth and resilience

For more information about EMDR therapy, give us a call today.

New Day Vitality utilizes EMDR in our practice.

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Posted by Colette Lopane-Capella