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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based psychotherapy model for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) EMDR, which has also been found to help with the treatment of pain and addiction, was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 as she was taking a walk in the park. Dr. Shapiro observed that moving her eyes back and forth decreased the negative emotion she was experiencing when recalling a traumatic memory from her past. In subsequent clinical research, Dr. Shapiro’s initial discovery has been further confirmed. According to the EMDR International Association: “EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of
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therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way” (the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

EMDR is an effective treatment for unresolved trauma and has been used successfully to treat both adults and children. At MRL Counseling, we have significant experience administering EMDR treatment for clients experiencing a wide range of symptoms. Because we care about the overall emotional, physical, and psychological wellbeing of every client that seeks treatment from us, MRL Counseling takes a client-centered approach to EMDR and other treatments, meaning that we work hard to meet the client where he or she is at. Whatever course of treatment we approach, we’re always careful to discuss options and 
tradeoffs with our clients and to make decisions together based on the client’s needs and desired outcome. The therapeutic process only goes as fast as the client desires. The client is always in complete control.

In the case of EMDR, first take an extensive history and thoroughly prepare the client for EMDR reprocessing by making sure that the client feels fully educated about the techniques used and is made fully aware of what they may experience both during and after each treatment session. EMDR treatment can be spread out by weeks or months or, if desired, the client can choose an intensive course of treatment where treatment can take place during a several-hour-a-day timespan. We also ensure that client will have access to the clinician if anything comes up during treatment and is able to schedule any additional sessions deemed necessary on top of the regular treatment course.
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