What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based psychotherapy treatment that enables patients to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  EMDR was originally designed for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is endorsed by the World Health Organization, Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

How Does It Work?

EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods:  the past, present, and future.  Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events.  Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions.  With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase approach.  Treatment typically consists of 12 sessions, 60-90 minutes in duration, scheduled weekly.

Is EMDR Right for Me?

Multiple independent and controlled studies have demonstrated the clinical effectiveness of EMDR for the treatment of trauma disorders, both single-incident trauma and chronic, interpersonal trauma (Complex PTSD).  In addition, EMDR therapy has been shown to successfully treat:

  • Phobias
  • Panic Disoder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraines

Does Insurance Cover EMDR?

EMDR is covered by most major insurance companies.  If your policy covers standard psychotherapy, it most likely will cover EMDR.