What is EMDR?

EMDR, originally designed in the 1980s by Dr. Francine Shapiro to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.  EMDR has progressed to not just focusing on disturbing memories, that cause issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), also depression, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, attachment issues, compulsive addictive behaviors, negative experiences EMDR also incorporates ego strength building to increase self-esteem and confidence.

During EMDR therapy the client focuses emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on a form of external stimulant.  For example, therapists’ eye movements, hand tapping, shoulder tapping, and/or sound are used.  

When a person experiences a negative life or traumatic event, the person’s perceptions, emotions, beliefs, and meanings from said experience can be distorted. These can affect future experiences, even trapping them in their body and brain.

EMDR uses a three-pronged protocol: 

(1) New associations to past trauma memories are linked.

(2) Body sensations are linked and reprocessed through visualization of the memory.

(3) Connect future events with new insights and beliefs about oneself.


What is PTSD:

A person may develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) if they are exposed to or witness to a traumatic event in which there was an actual threat of death, serious injury, or harm to the self or others, or if he felt intense fear, helplessness, or horror. PTSD is when someone is exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence in different ways that can include:

  • Experiencing the traumatic event
  • Witnessing others experiencing trauma
  • Learning that a traumatic event occurred to a close family member or close friend.
  • Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to difficult details of a traumatic event

People suffering from PTSD often experience:

  • Disturbing memories thought
  • Nightmares
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Feel irritable or angry
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Feel hyper-vigilant or on guard for fear of danger
  • Experience flashback memories 

People tend to know PTSD from War Vets being in the news. But PTSD can happen from auto accidents, rape, sexual abuse. If you are suffering from trauma or feel “stuck” when trying to change destructive patterns of thought or behavior, EMDR Therapy might be right for you. Only a qualified doctor or therapist can give you the diagnosis of PTSD.

EMDR is one of the most sought out and well-researched methods for the treatment of trauma.  EMDR facilitates the processing of traumatic memories or stressful situations, bringing one to a new adaptive resolution.

“I started coming to see Gina about 2 years when I felt as if my life was falling apart. I have been to so many different therapist and never really felt a genuine change in my life. When I started my EMDR healing journey, my life changed so drastically!”


“Dr. Block has helped me identify past traumatic events that I didn’t realize were affecting me still today and is helping work through that. I have noticed not only my day-to-day mood improve, but also my outlook, self-confidence, and my relationships.”


“Through talk therapy, EMDR and Neuro-feedback sessions my anxiety has decreased significantly. I am able to stay in the moment and have a higher degree of body awareness. Thus reducing my IBS symptoms, headaches and TMJ symptoms.”


“I have a higher EQ, from processing trauma through EMDR. My emotional regulation ability is better, my coping skills have also improved.”


EMDR Therapists at Authentic Healing and Counseling