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Sometimes Talk Therapy Isn't Enough: The Power of EMDR

August 2, 2021
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Posted By: Clarity Counseling Seattle
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Sometimes talk therapy just isn't enough treatment, especially if you are struggling with trauma. Whether that trauma occurred in childhood, or as an adult, it is a serious situation and requires a specialized type of treatment. It’s important to remember that there is hope for healing and a better outlook on life.

One way that we are trained to treat trauma and abuse is by using EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing. You might have already seen the acronym “EMDR” in different places: self-help articles, internet banners, social media - it’s even become a top choice by many mental healthcare professionals for healing the symptoms of trauma…so what is it?

EMDR is a psychotherapy that helps people recover from traumatic events and the symptoms that accompany the stress created by them. The distressing images, thoughts, and emotions associated with a traumatic event can create feelings of overwhelm, and/or being back in that moment. EMDR therapy helps the brain process these feelings and memories, which allows for healing to occur.

Justin Pere is the therapist in our Seattle practice who offers the EMDR approach to therapy. This evidence-based therapy can help resolve painful life patterns by changing the way negative memories are stored in the brain and body. Developed in the 1980s, EMDR has a history of treatment and extensive research, and is currently used by over 70,000 practitioners worldwide. It typically works much faster and more deeply than traditional talk therapy. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people, of all ages and walks of life, to relieve many types of psychological stress.

PTSD is a common occurrence after a traumatic event, but EMDR Therapy can be an option for other mental health issues or illnesses, such as:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
  • Depression and bipolar disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Pain
  • Performance anxiety
  • Personality disorders
  • Other trauma and stress related issues
  • Sexual assault
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Violence and abuse

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