What is EMDR? 

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have been stored in memory improperly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked.

What problems are helped by EMDR?

The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:

loss of a loved one
injury of a loved one
car accident
fire
work accident
assault
robbery
rape
injury
illness
witness to violence
childhood abuse
trauma
performance anxiety
stage fright
depression
anxiety or panic
phobias
fears
childhood trauma
physical abuse
sexual abuse
post-traumatic stress
bad temper
overwhelming fears
panic attacks
low self-esteem
trouble sleeping

How long does treatment take?

EMDR sessions are sometimes slightly longer than typical therapy sessions (up to 90 minutes). The number of sessions needed will depend on the type and severity of trauma and the effect that it is having on you, typically 8-12 sessions may be necessary to treat simpler traumas, with more sessions necessary for multiple traumas.