What is EMDR therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive form of therapy that involves working with memories, body sensations, core self-beliefs, and emotions to help people recover from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR is empirically- researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for treating PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorders and many more challenges.

You’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.  Most days, you don’t even feel like yourself anymore.  Perhaps you feel hopeless and have even had brief moments where you’ve considered suicide.  These thoughts scare you.  Or at least you think they should scare you.  But mostly, they just exhaust you.  You know you’re depressed, but you just aren’t sure what to do to feel better.

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people suffer from depression. Almost 10% of US adults are struggling with some form of depression. Those who have experienced or are experiencing depression understand how devastating the effects can be.  In fact, depression has a way of making you believe there is no end in sight.

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How is EMDR different from other therapies?

EMDR allows the brain to restore and recover, healing naturally through the use of Dual Attention Stimulation with alternating eye movements, sounds or taps. This allows you to change how the memory is stored so you can process it, adapt, and move forward with your life. It is a mind-body approach to therapy which typically produces long-lasting results in 6 – 12 sessions.

How can EMDR therapy help with the healing process?

Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. Sometimes the event is too overwhelming for our brain to process and fragments of the memory remain active in our working memory, keeping our past living in the present, instead of being processed and filed away as a long-term memory. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

Who can benefit from EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges such as:

• Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

• Chronic Illness and medical issues

• Depression and bipolar disorders

• Dissociative disorders

• Eating disorders

• Grief and loss

• Pain

• Performance anxiety

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Other Services Offered at McNulty Counseling & Wellness in St. Petersburg, FL

Other than affirming depression therapy, we also offer many other counseling services. These supportive services include family counseling, counseling for children, couple’s and marriage counseling, counseling for teens, individual counseling, counseling for parents, counseling for college students, counseling for LGBTQ, anxiety treatment and art therapy. We also provide remote counseling services and groups for women going through divorce as well as, children going through divorce. If you have any questions please contact us. Also, feel free to read at our blogs!

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