Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an empirically validated psychotherapy we have added to our clinical offerings at Heritage Counseling. EMDR helps people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR may be a great treatment option for you or your loved one if distressing memories, emotions, or behaviors interrupt your daily life. It is possible to heal and experience relief from these types of symptoms. 

In his book “The Body Keeps the Score” Bessel Van Der Kolk identifies that “Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.” (p.97)” 

― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

With the help and support of an EMDR trained clinician at Heritage Counseling you can find freedom. For more information about trauma  follow the link below to the American Psychological Association : https://www.apa.org/topics/trauma

For more information about EMDR and for links to recent peer reviewed articles regarding EMDR: https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/recent-research-about-emdr/ 

The following national and international organizations acknowledge EMDR as an effective treatment: 

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense
  • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  •  The World Health Organization