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What is EMDR Therapy in Edmonton?

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.


How EMDR Works

When people feel upset, their brains cannot process information normally. For example, when a client experiences a traumatic moment and relives it over and over in dream or memory, he or she may feel disoriented, confused, and panicked. These feelings may interfere with the way an individual interprets images, sounds, smells, and sensations.


EMDR therapy allows Edmonton clients to process remembered information from the original event so memories no longer have the same negative, disorienting power. After treatment, an individual will be able to remember the event without feeling upset or confused.


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. Afterward, clients can process these sensations and memories more easily.


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.