EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is a therapeutic modality that promotes healing from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.

 Research studies have shown that EMDR therapy offers people great benefits much faster than traditional talk therapies. This modality uses bilateral stimulation while processing difficult events, emotions and beliefs, allowing the mind and body to heal and restore to an improved state of well-being. To learn more about EMDR, go to emdr.com/what-is-emdr.

Many of our Jupiter Therapists are trained in EMDR, including Dr. Ann Marie Semich, Jessica O’Shea, Liz SolomonChris Siggins, Shirley Gilbert and Dr. Nancy Smith.

What Is an EMDR Therapy?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) helps our clients work through trauma and disturbing memories alongside the other issues they wish to overcome.

This psychotherapy was developed in the 1980s to treat people who had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder characterized by distressing memories, flashbacks, or stimuli that makes people relive the trauma they wish to forget. With the help of an EMDR therapy program, however, we can address the trauma and help you take the next step into life.

What Happens During an EMDR Therapy Session?

During an EMDR therapy program session, the therapist works with the person as they revisit a memory of a negative encounter. The therapist guides the person as they reprocess the memory for short periods that can last as little as 30 seconds.

During that time, the therapist may wave a finger or two back and forth and ask you to follow the movement with your eyes. Conversely, the therapist may use tapping movements, vibrations, or tones in one ear on different sides of the body. The stimuli that occur as you remember the trauma help the client reframe their thoughts and emotions about the distressing memory.

People of different ages and backgrounds have found EMDR helpful in reducing stress and anxiety and boosting overall health and well-being.

How Is an EMDR Therapy Program Different from Other Therapeutic Methods?

EMDR therapy is different from other trauma-focused psychotherapies in that it focuses on challenging memories and changes how the brain stores that particular memory. Other treatments focus on changing the emotions, thoughts, and responses resulting from traumatic experiences. EMDR also does not require guests to have extended exposure to the upsetting memory or detailed descriptions of the trauma experienced.

The goal of EMDR therapy is to help desensitize a person to any memories that can cause anxiety, panic, or stress. This therapy lets the brain’s information processing system create new internal associations as you focus on the thoughts, feelings, memories, and other associations that you may be feeling during the treatment.

Contact Our Jupiter Counseling Office to Make an Appointment for EMDR.

At Jupiter Community Counseling, we realize that when you’re battling trauma and other mental health issues, you may feel like you can’t escape. Fortunately, that is not true. We can give you the care and support you need to break free from these debilitating conditions.

You don’t have to be trapped by your trauma. With the help of our EMDR therapy program, you can blossom into the person you’ve always wanted to be. To learn more about the treatment options we offer, contact at 561-748-1244.

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To make an appointment at our Jupiter counseling office, you may either call (561) 748-1244 or fill out the form below.  Our Office Manager will contact you within 24 hours to help you get scheduled with the Jupiter counselor who will best serve your unique situation and needs.

Once an appointment time and date has been established, you will be sent electronic forms to your email address to be completed prior to your initial session.

Our office is conveniently located in the center of Jupiter at 1132 W. Indiantown Road, on the second floor in suite #202.  We are in the 2-story, yellow building with the ‘Sola’ marquee sign.

We look forward to working with you!

Please be aware, we do not file insurance.  We are happy to provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Our fees range from $125 – $185 per session.

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