Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative therapy approach that helps people heal from trauma and other types of psychological distress like anxiety, phobias, addiction and much more.
EMDR has eight phases as part of process of treatment: history taking, client preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure and reevaluation of treatment effect.
EMDR has been extensively researched and proven to be a highly effective therapy tool in helping clients completely process through distressing experiences.
Is EMDR Right For Me?
EMDR has been effective in helping people who experience trauma, anxiety, depression, and many other mental health disorders. If you have feelings of being trapped or haunted by upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions; feel powerless to an event and consumed by negative thoughts about yourself or the world; suffer being stuck back in a traumatic moment or feel “frozen in time".
EMDR may help support you in dealing with these feelings.
What does an EMDR session look like?
Once you and your therapist agree that EMDR therapy is a good fit, you will work together to find an appropriate event or memory to “target”. This includes identifying the negative image, belief, and body feelings as they relate to the distressing event.
From there, you will focus on the target while your therapist administers dual attention stimuli (DAS) in the form of side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or taps. The sets of eye movements, sounds, or taps are repeated until the event becomes less disturbing.
There are 8 phases of EMDR and you can learn more here.
Does my insurance cover EMDR?
EMDR is an evidenced-based practice and is covered by all insurances under the CPT code 90837. If you would like to confirm that your insurance will cover treatment, please be sure to provide this CPT code.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR “jump starts” the natural healing process in the brain by setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain.
The useful aspects of an experience will be learned and integrated in positive ways.