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What is EMDR Therapy in Edmonton?

EMDR, or “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,” is a psychotherapeutic approach that is empirically validated and has been in use since 1989. “Empirical validation” means a positive correlation exists between the treatment and the resulting positive effects (as measured by observation and through experimentation in a clinical setting).

In its nearly 30 years as a treatment, nearly a half-million individuals of all ages have gained relief from addictions, psychoses, personality disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, stressor-related disorders, phobias, and psychological distress.


How Does EMDR Work?

During a time of stress or being upset, have you ever forgotten something you normally wouldn’t have under usual circumstances? We all have. When we are upset, our brains cannot process information in the same way. For example, when a client experiences a traumatic moment and recounts it over and over in their dreams or sub-conscious, he or she may feel disoriented, confused, or panicked. These feelings may interfere with the way an individual interprets images, sounds, smells, words, and sensations.


The EMDR method is a type of AIP — “Accelerated Information Processing” — that appears to unblock the brain’s natural information-processing systems. This type of therapy allows clients to more rapidply recover from experiences that are painful or stress-inducing,
especially those that seem to be on constant replay. EDMR uses bilateral eye movements (similar to those experienced during REM sleep), or bilateral sound or “taps” to resolve clients' fears. Through this physiological activity, clients associate their fears with less disturbing sensations, essentially “rewiring” the neural pathways. Afterwards, clients can process these sensations and memories more freely and easily.

EMDR helps you to recover from trauma, change the way you view past events, and further develop as an individual. During EMDR therapy, you will remember details of the original trauma-inducing event in a manner that is more fact-based than sensation- or feelings-based. This allows clients to see the event for what it actually is, without its negative, disorienting, or fear-inducing power. Following treatment, you will be able to remember the event without feeling confused or upset.


Who Can Be Treated with the EMDR Technique?

If you or someone you love suffers from an anxiety disorder, you may wonder what treatment options you can access. After all, you don't want chronic anxiety to keep you or your family members from enjoying life or exploring talents and future opportunities.

One effective treatment option involves Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Edmonton clients can come to Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., JoAnn Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd to find relief with this therapy.

To learn more about how EMDR can help children overcome emotional traumas, download our brochure, EMDR & Children — A Guide for Parents, Professionals & Others Who Care About Children (PDF).


What EMDR Treats

EMDR allows psychologists to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Distressing memories
  • Phobias
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Performance
  • Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Childhood trauma
  • Stress
  • Loss and grief
  • Addictions (substance, sexual, gambling, food)
  • Residential school survivors
  • Veterans
  • Intergenerational trauma (children of parents/guardians who survived the Holocaust, residential school survivors)


Healing Trauma: EMDR Patients Share Their Stories

See how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has been effectively used in the treatment of trauma by watching this informative video.

EMDR has successfully helped both children and adults, so if your child experiences night terrors or fear of abandonment, this therapy can bring healing.


How to Schedule Treatment

If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, our Edmonton office can provide answers and address your concerns. 

Call us at 780-433-2269 to speak to a staff member or schedule an appointment.