What is EMDR and How is it Used at A Refuge and Trauma Informed Therapies?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly researched and effective form of trauma therapy that can be used to treat any traumarelated issue, from PTSD to anxiety and everything in between. You do not have to have a PTSD diagnosis to benefit from the use of EMDR.

The process of EMDR focuses on the mind-body connection. A unique aspect of EMDR is the use of back and forth movement (known as bilateral stimulation)- this is something humans naturally experience during the process of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. Treatment with EMDR helps a person move traumatic information between different storage areas of the brain, so that disturbing material that is being stored as unresolved trauma can be stored in a new and less distressing way.

At Trauma Informed Therapies and A Refuge, we make sure that the experience of EMDR is an empowering process for all clients. We take special care to provide the kind of information, attention, and compassion that can truly make treatment with EMDR a life-changing experience.

All our clinicians are either trained or are being trained in this modality and are also able to offer at least one other form of trauma therapy if EMDR is not the right fit for you.

Here are some additional resources if you are curious to know more about EMDR: