Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in Connecticut

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is an evidenced based, research-validated treatment that has been utilized by mental health professionals since the 1980s. Originally created to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), EMDR is now used to treat anxiety, depression, pain management and other conditions with highly favorable outcomes. EMDR combines the commonly used principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and integrates a body-based approach, working to activate the brain for deeper healing and understanding. During EMDR, the client describes brief sections of emotionally distressing material while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. While the most common stimulus is lateral eye movements (directed by the therapist), other types of stimuli can include hand tapping and audio stimulation. EMDR utilizes an adaptive information processing theory, simply meaning that approach involves identifying the known adaptive information about the stressful situation while working through the distressing components.

Mellahealth has therapists trained and highly experienced in providing EMDR virtually to assist you in reaching your goals of happiness and healing.