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What Is EMDR Therapy in Edmonton?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an empirically validated psychotherapeutic approach in use since 1989. “Empirical validation” means a positive correlation exists between the method of treatment and the resulting positive effects, measured by observation and experimental studies.

Over the years, nearly a half-million individuals (from children to seniors) have gained relief from addictions, personality disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, phobias, and psychological distress through EMDR therapy. Local patients with any of these psychological conditions can try EMDR therapy in Edmonton at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. Call us to schedule an appointment and get started.

How Does EMDR Work?

During a time of stress or 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 repeatedly in their dreams or sub-conscience, a person may feel disoriented, confused, or panicked. These feelings may interfere with how 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 rapidly recover from experiences that are painful or stress-inducing, especially those that seem to be on constant replay. EMDR 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 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 a 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?

Anxiety is real, and it affects children, adolescents and adults. EMDR therapy can be beneficial to patients of all ages. Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. offer EMDR therapy in Edmonton at our conveniently located clinic.

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., Jo Ann 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 Holocaust, war or residential school survivors)

See how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) have been effectively used to treat 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 at our Edmonton office, call us at 780-433-2269 to speak to a staff member or schedule an appointment.

Courtesy of EMDR International Association

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Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd.

10009 – 85 Avenue,

Edmonton, AB T6E 2J9



Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Saturday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Sunday Closed

Day, evening and weekend appointments available.

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Edmonton and Surrounding Areas 


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