|If you've been through one or more traumatic events in your life that continue to
haunt you significantly, if the past won't let go of you and you feel like you're a
prisoner of intrusive thoughts and memories, EMDR is a treatment that may help.
"EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an
innovative clinical treatment that has successfully helped over a million individuals
who have survived trauma, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat,
crime, and those suffering from a number of other complaints including
depressions, addictions, phobias, and a variety of self-esteem issues."1
It is "a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and
emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated
studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of
psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference."2
The following information is from EMDR.com:
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (2013)
Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress. Geneva, Switzerland: Author.
"Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies
recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD."
AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION (2004)
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Arlington,VA: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines.
"EMDR therapy was determined to be an effective treatment of trauma."
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (2017)
VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder.
Washington, DC: Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Health Affairs, Department of
"EMDR was given the highest level of recommendation and placed in the category of
three “trauma-focused psychotherapies with the strongest evidence from clinical trials . .
. These treatments have been tested in numerous clinical trials, in patients with complex
presentations and comorbidities, compared to active control conditions, have long-term
follow-up, and have been validated by research teams other than the developers.”
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED STUDIES
"36 randomized controlled studies have evaluated EMDR therapy
in the treatment of trauma."3
I'm a Level II Trained EMDR clinician, and have been using this treatment modality for
over fifteen years. I've also been trained in the Flash Technique, which for many
people can make EMDR a more comfortable and less distressing experience.
For more information, research, and a great list of "Frequently Asked Questions", I
refer you to the official EMDR website, http://www.emdr.com.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about this treatment.
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|Click the link below for printable information on PTSD, offered here with
the kind permission of Kim T. Meuser and Shirley M. Glynn from their
book, Behavioral Family Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders.
Facts about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
|Journeys Mental Health, LLC
Counseling and Hypnotherapy
Keith Young, LCPC, CCTP, CH
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor,
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Hypnotherapist
175 Union Street, Suite C
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: (207) 951-7811
Fax: 1 (888) 972-1920