EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an evidenced based intervention developed by Francine Shapiro. It uses bilateral stimulation to reprocess disturbing or traumatic memories and beliefs. We cannot erase the past, but EMDR allows us to reprocess past memories so they are no longer negatively impacting the present.


Recommended Reading: Getting Past Your Past - Francine Shapiro, PhD

How Do I know if EMDR is for Me?

Are you feeling stuck, anxious or depressed? Do you feel easily overwhelmed by emotions or life stressors? Are negative beliefs about yourself keeping you from living a fulfilling life and reaching your full potential? If so, EMDR may be the right treatment for you!

EMDR can be used for many different issues

Though EMDR is known as an effective trauma intervention it can also be used for issues related to professional development and chronic pain.  Whether or not you identify as having experienced trauma, unpleasant symptoms may be keeping you from enjoying and engaging in life.  EMDR can help!


EMDR is also an effective treatment for the following:


* Anxiety

* Depression

* Phobias

* Grief

* Panic Attacks

* Sports Performance Anxiety

EMDR and Professional Development

Are negative beliefs preventing you from reaching your full potential?  EMDR can be helpful with the following issues related to professional development:


* Fear of Public Speaking

* Fear of Failure

* Work Performance Anxiety 

* Social Anxiety

* Increasing Confidence

* Building Self-Esteem

* Managing Work-Related Stress

* Improving Productivity and Performance

EMDR and Chronic Pain Management

EMDR can be used to help with pain management by addressing negative beliefs and emotions that are associated with the pain.  These are some of the issues associated with chronic pain that may be treated with EMDR:


* Low Self-Esteem

* Depression

* Fear and Anxiety Related to Anticipated Pain

* Recovering from Invalidation 

* Fear 

* Grief and Loss

EMDR and Trauma

EMDR is an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The following are just a few examples of issues related to trauma that may be treated with EMDR:


* Military Related Trauma

* Sexual Assault

* Childhood Sexual Abuse

* Auto Accidents

* First Responder Related Trauma

* Sudden Loss

* Medical Trauma


EMDR Therapy in Beaverton, Tigard, and SW Portland