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EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR Therapy Services to Treat Psychiatrics Conditions

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of trauma and can be used as a form of treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and other conditions stemming from the trauma.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people accomplish results that other forms of psychotherapy may take years to achieve. In the past, severe emotional pain often required a long time to heal or simply never did.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma similarly to how the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events is occurring in mental processes. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help patients achieve a natural healing process.

What can EMDR Treat?

After years of successful use in treating PTSD, EMDR has been found to be helpful in treating other psychiatric conditions. As we now recognize there are different kinds and severity of trauma and different emotional embedding of traumatic events, we realize how these traumas also contribute various psychiatric symptoms and contribute to other psychiatric conditions.

As such the use of EMDR has expanded and it has been found to also be a successful therapy for:

EMDR Treatment Plans and Outcomes

EMDR begins with the therapist assessing the patient’s readiness and developing a treatment plan. This may include taking a thorough history and identifying possible triggers and targets for the EMDR treatments. This could include memories or situations that cause mental and emotional distress. The development of skills and behaviors that will be needed throughout the course of treatment will also be established. Once the initial plan and history are in place, and the provider and patient have developed a plan for stress reduction techniques, the reprocessing may begin. The reprocessing or desensitization is completed by targeting the triggers or negative emotions while simultaneously engaging the patient using sets of bilateral stimulation. These sets may include eye movements, taps, or tones. Eventually, the brain will adjust, and the targeted memory should no longer be causing distress.

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More than 30 studies have been completed on EMDR therapy with positive outcomes.  Some studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three sessions.  Another study found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six sessions. A study of combat veterans found that 77% were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. The research on EMDR therapy has led it to be recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other distress by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use this therapy.  Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years using EDMR therapy.


Schedule your consultation with WECG in Minneapolis, MN to learn if EMDR therapy is right for you

We provide a caring and comprehensive approach for EMDR therapy for PTSD, anxeity and other conditions. View one of our providers who offers this service or contact our office today to learn more about our adult mental health services and schedule your appointment


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