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How Does EMDR Work?
The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. The client tracks the movements as if watching ping pong. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.

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 
natural disaster
injury 
illness
witness to violence
childhood abuse
victims of violent crimes
performance and test anxiety
trauma 
depression
anxiety or panic
phobias 
fears
childhood trauma
physical abuse
sexual abuse 
post traumatic stress
bad temper
overwhelming fears 
panic attacks
low self-esteem
relationship problems
brooding or worrying
trouble sleeping


The EMDR technique is most effective when used in conjunction with other traditional methods of therapy in treating these and many other emotional disorders.

EMDR therapy can help clients replace their anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.

What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?
  • High anxiety and lack of motivation
  • Depression
  • Memories of a traumatic experience
  • Fear of being alone
  • Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
  • Fear of being alone
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Triggers and Urges/Addictions
  • Relationship problems 
How do I know if EMDR is right for me?

There are a number factors to consider when evaluating the appropriateness of EMDR therapy for a client's particular situation and history. During your initial consultation with Lynda Smith, LCPC, Certified EMDR Therapist, all the relevant factors will be discussed in full to help you come to a decision to move forward with EMDR.

If Interested in Scheduling a Consultation Please Call Lynda Smith @ 208.939.3999