At Memorial Child and Family Therapy, we have therapists who specialize in trauma and who utilize EMDR therapy as a method to treat trauma.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing which uses the brain's natural way of processing traumatic material in a therapeutic relationship through specific protocol. Our therapists have been trained through the protocol and will lead clients through the process as clients are ready.
Is EMDR an evidenced-based treatment?
EMDR is well researched and recognizes as an effective treatment for PTSD by SAMSHA, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Studies. For more on EMDR Research, click here.
Can EMDR be used with children?
Our therapists will use EMDR with children, however, the protocol is adjusted for the child's developmental stage and play therapy is interwoven into the process. Therapists will use more concrete resources for parts of the protocol such as "Safe Calm Place" and will also utilize sandtrays to help solidify resources while using Bilateral Stimulation to help children recognize their strengths and helpful resources before working through traumatic material and memories.
Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?
EMDR therapy helps children and adults - all ages. Therapists use EMDR with a wide range of challenges:
- Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
- Chronic Illness and medical issues
- Depression and bipolar disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Performance anxiety
- Personality disorders
- PTSD and other trauma and stress related issues
- Sexual assault
- Sleep disturbance
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Violence and abuse
For more information on EMDR, go to EMDRIA.org.