EMDR Therapy: A Powerful Tool for Healing Trauma

EMDR Therapy: A Powerful Tool for Healing Trauma

EMDR therapy is a unique and effective treatment approach that has been proven to help individuals overcome the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. This innovative therapy approach is gaining popularity in the field of psychology, and for good reason.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a type of psychotherapy that was developed in the late 1980s to help individuals process traumatic memories and experiences. This therapy approach is based on the idea that traumatic experiences can become "stuck" in the brain and body, causing negative thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Through EMDR therapy, individuals can work through these traumatic experiences and reprocess them in a way that allows them to heal and move forward.


Benefits of EMDR Therapy

Effective Treatment for Trauma

EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has been shown to be an effective treatment for individuals who have experienced trauma. This includes individuals who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, combat trauma, natural disasters, and other traumatic experiences.

Reduces Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

EMDR therapy can also be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Through the processing of traumatic memories, individuals can experience a reduction in negative thoughts and emotions.

Helps with Addiction Recovery

EMDR therapy has also been used to help individuals in addiction recovery. By addressing the underlying trauma that may have contributed to the addiction, individuals can gain a greater understanding of their addiction and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Improves Self-Esteem

EMDR therapy can also be used to improve self-esteem and self-worth. Through the processing of negative experiences and emotions, individuals can develop a more positive self-image.

Provides Rapid Results

EMDR therapy is often a faster form of therapy compared to other forms like CBT and behavioral health therapy. Some individuals may experience significant improvements after just a few sessions.

Non-Invasive Treatment

EMDR therapy is a non-invasive form of therapy that does not require medication. It is a safe and effective treatment approach that has helped many individuals overcome trauma and other mental health issues.

Customizable Treatment Plan

EMDR therapy can be customized to meet the unique needs of each individual. This means that each treatment plan is tailored to the specific needs of the individual, which can lead to more effective treatment.

Dr. Amy Serin, Founder of Serin Center

We do not believe in only managing a chronic issue, we aim to resolve it.


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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a unique form of therapy that is different from traditional talk therapy. This type of therapy is designed to help people process traumatic or disturbing events and move forward with their lives. Here's a closer look at how EMDR therapy is different.

EMDR therapy focuses on the present

Unlike traditional talk therapy, which may spend a lot of time discussing past experiences, EMDR therapy focuses on the present. It's not necessary to delve into every detail of a traumatic event to heal from it. Instead, EMDR therapy helps individuals identify and process the negative beliefs and emotions associated with the trauma so they can move forward.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy uses bilateral stimulation

One of the unique aspects of EMDR therapy is the use of bilateral stimulation. This can be accomplished through eye movements, tapping, or sounds. The bilateral stimulation helps to activate both sides of the brain and allows the individual to access difficult memories and process them in a more manageable way.

EMDR therapy works quickly

While traditional talk therapy can take months or even years to see results, EMDR therapy typically works more quickly. Many people begin to see positive changes after just a few sessions. This is because EMDR therapy helps to reprocess traumatic events at a faster pace than traditional therapy.

EMDR therapy is an evidence-based treatment

That has been proven effective in treating trauma and PTSD. Numerous studies have shown that EMDR therapy can help individuals heal from traumatic events and improve their overall quality of life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy

Doesn't just focus on the individual's thoughts and emotions, but also their physical sensations and experiences. This allows individuals to heal more fully and completely from traumatic events.

EMDR therapy empowers the individual

EMDR therapy is a client-centered approach that empowers the individual to take an active role in their healing process. The therapist acts as a guide, helping the individual to access and process difficult memories, but ultimately it is the individual who is in control of their own healing.

While EMDR therapy is effective on its own, it can also be used in combination with other therapies, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and behavioral health therapy. This can help individuals get a more comprehensive approach to healing from trauma.

EMDR Therapy

A unique and effective form of therapy that focuses on the present, uses bilateral stimulation, works quickly, is evidence-based, empowers the individual, and can be used in combination with other therapies. If you are struggling with trauma or PTSD, consider EMDR therapy as a potential solution for healing.

What Can EMDR Therapy Help With?

EMDR has been used to treat a variety of problems such as:

  • Addictive disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficits
  • Behavior disorders
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • PMS
  • PTSD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Who Can Benefit from EMDR Therapy?


EMDR therapy is particularly effective for individuals who have experienced trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, combat trauma, natural disasters, and other traumatic experiences.

Individuals with Anxiety and Depression

EMDR therapy can also be effective for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Individuals in Addiction Recovery

EMDR therapy can be an effective treatment approach for individuals in addiction recovery who are looking to address the underlying trauma that may have contributed to their addiction.

Patients with PTSD often feel exhausted or tense.

That’s because their brain still hasn’t turned off its autonomic switch, so they’re in a perpetual state of responding to a threat. This fight/flight/freeze response is due to the release of cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones that the body secretes during times of danger. But with PTSD, the danger has been gone for some time, but the brain has yet to understand that it is time to be calm again. Instead, the brain still thinks it’s under threat and continues to release cortisol and adrenaline which contributes to the extreme alertness and constant vigilance these patient exhibits.

Someone with PTSD may experience:

  • Autism Spectrum Issues
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Seizures
  • Vivid flashbacks
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Nightmares
  • Intense distress at real or symbolic reminders of their trauma
  • Physical sensations like pain, nausea, sweating
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Hypervigilance
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitive startle reflex
  • Aggressive or irritable behavior
  • Emotional numbness
  • Feelings of detachment from others
  • Avoidance of people or situations associated with the event or trauma

If you see these symptoms present in your life or the life of a loved one, please seek help right away. These patients can suffer from suicidal ideation or self-harm thoughts. There is hope. With EMDR treatment, a better future awaits them.

PTSD and other mental health problems go hand-in-hand. Most patients with PTSD have other mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. Often, their symptoms overlap.

Patients with Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is normal but when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety that makes simple tasks difficult, it becomes a debilitating disorder. Ongoing anxiety leads to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry as well as physical symptoms like increased blood pressure or nausea. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the country, and many people who have it are on medications and doing other conventional therapy.

In recent years, many physicians have chosen EMDR therapy as a proven treatment to help their anxious patients. EMDR therapy has better outcomes since it addresses both the emotional and mental aspects of their patient’s anxiety in a natural therapeutic way that prescribing medications cannot.

There are many different anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

Someone with anxiety may experience:

  • Intense excessive worry and fear about everyday situations
  • Repeated episodes of intense fear or terror that peak within a few minutes
  • Disproportionate reaction of alarm to things that may seem harmless
  • Avoids places or situations due to lack of control from anxious response

Patients with Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder persistently characterized by a loss of interest in activities and persistently low mood that borders on despair. Depression can happen to anyone, even children. It is not correct to say someone is sad when they are depressed. There are many different kinds of depression.

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Psychotic depression
  • Bipolar depression
  • Postpartum depression

Some can be caused by a specific life stress, like postpartum depression, while others, like major depression, are more cyclical and recur every few years. Regardless of which kind you suffer from, depression is a medical condition without a known cause. But there is usually some combination of biological, psychological and social sources of distress that played a factor in the patient’s mental state of well-being.

Someone with depression may have:

  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty performing simple daily tasks
  • Lose interest in their usual activities
  • Sleep problems
  • Extreme fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest
  • Appetite changes
  • Feelings of guilt or helplessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

EMDR therapy has helped many people.

We want to help our patients. There is a burden that comes with having a chronic issue like PTSD or depression, but thanks to EMDR, those problems can be better managed and even resolved.

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At Serin Center, our team uses cutting-edge neuroscience to develop innovative therapies that help children, teens, adults, families, and even business leaders achieve lasting improvements in their lives.

Discover the transformative benefits of advanced applied neuroscience therapy for mental and emotional well-being at Serin Center. Contact us today to see how we can assist you, your child, or your teen. You may also schedule a consultation with us by visiting any of our clinics in Peoria, AZ, and Scottsdale, AZ.  Benefit from our cutting-edge approaches for rapid, lasting results by reaching out to us now.