Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR Therapy is based on the theory that many psychological issues are due to traumatic experience or disturbing life events. EMDR can help you process past traumas and prevent them from interfering with your current well being. You’ll function better and enjoy more positive relationships. Symptoms are alleviated and no longer triggered by people or events.

EMDR can help if you are experiencing:

  • high stress levels
  • panic disorder
  • anxiety
  • addictions
  • dissociative disorders
  • depression
  • sexual concerns
  • trauma (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • loss
  • low self esteem

How Does EMDR Work?

The use of eye movement or other bilateral stimulation combined with a unique therapeutic process can help people process past traumas or disturbing life events and let go of negative beliefs about themselves.

Developed over twenty years ago, most EMDR research was conducted with people who had experienced big “T” trauma, such as Vietnam war veterans.  Since then, it as been found helpful for small “t” traumas.  Disturbing events can have a lasting effect on the psyche and may be stored in memory in the same way as severe trauma.

People experience varying degrees of trauma while growing up: sexual abuse, childhood humiliations and shaming, bullying, neglectful or overly critical parents, divorce or separation, moves to new homes or schools, intrusive medical procedures and living in a chaotic family, to name a few.  By directly accessing and processing these memories, we can reduce or eliminate symptoms.

A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes.

How long does EMDR take?

EMDR may produce results more rapidly than previous forms of therapy; however, the type of problem, life circumstances and degree of previous trauma determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.

Using EMDR as a supplemental therapy

Individuals can reach an impasse in traditional therapy, even when they have a good relationship with their therapist. Wendy has used EMDR to assist the clients of other therapists to resolve past trauma and move forward. In these cases, individuals remain connected with their primary therapist and work on specific issues with Wendy for a limited time.  The two therapists work closely together for the long-term benefit of the client.

Wendy is a Certified EMDR Therapist. For more information or an appointment, call Wendy Trainor at 416.204.0336 or email Wendy.

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