We are no longer offering in-person group EMDR, but we can highly recommend an online version of this intervention, offered at no cost here:
Information about EMDR can be found below:
What is EMDR?
EMDR therapy is a scientifically-valid and well-researched form of trauma therapy. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation as an effective treatment for trauma and for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It has been around since the late 80’s and was developed by Francine Shapiro. The philosophy of EMDR theorizes that “there is a natural, physically based mechanism in all human beings for processing and resolving disturbing or incongruent life experiences” (Knipe, 2014), but when this does not happen, some memories get stuck and are stored as if they are happening ‘right now.’ This ‘right now’ feeling is something you cannot talk yourself out of, the body, brain and the whole nervous system have stored these memories in this troubling way.
You may experience bodily sensations related to the trauma when you are reminded of it, such as the panic you felt in the hospital. You may want to avoid certain places or people because they are a reminder, such as your doctor’s office or even just driving by the hospital. You may have flashbacks of the event, disturbing dreams, or other symptoms that signal trauma. These memories can also get stored with negative beliefs such as: I am a failure. EMDR helps to address the body, negative beliefs, images, sounds and other sensations that are distressing. These symptoms are usually what prompts someone to come to therapy.
EMDR is a fantastic treatment for many people who have experienced trauma, and we would highly recommend considering this treatment.