Life can present opportunities to see things from a different perspective that create meaning and healing.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that addresses numerous types of distressing events an individual may have experienced. EMDR has been widely researched with proven benefits for a variety of issues including PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, crises, and panic to name a few.
EMDR is Different From Other Therapies
Basically, a 45-minute EMDR session is the equivalent of 10 hours of talk therapy.
EMDR therapy relies on the brain’s natural healing process and is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories for permanent healing. Healing is possible even when an individual does not want to provide details of the distressing events.
After determining if a client is appropriate for EMDR, the therapy begins. EMDR sessions can be 110 minutes, or 50 minutes depending on a client’s circumstances. How long EMDR takes depends of the memory, life circumstances, the amount of distressing, traumatic events an individual has had in life.
The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization are among the many national and international organizations that recognize EMDR therapy as an effective therapeutic treatment.
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Kelly James, PhD, LPC, moved to Tulsa to go to graduate school and decided to make it her home. She worked in the mental health field for 23+ years beginning work with the chronically mentally ill for a number of years and then worked with children and families in DHS custody for over 10 years while having a part-time private practice.