What is EMDR?

What is EDMR?

Uplift Counseling Services is specialized in EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. EMDR is an empirically studied therapeutic treatment for traumatic life experiences discovered in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, PhD. EMDR targets traumatic memories that are inadequately stored in our information processing system. Therefore, these memories likely hold physiological distress, negative beliefs, emotions, and other sensory symptoms that impact present functioning. With bilateral stimulation also known as eye movements, the mind and body isolate the emotional, physical, and/or cognitive combination of the traumatic experience to foster healing. Through this process, the brain and body begins reprocessing the information and events from the traumatic experience in a more balanced, less adverse, and more healthy way. The bilateral stimulation process allows the brain’s information system to heal by restoring the mind’s reconstruction of the negative belief, restoring the body’s response system to adaptive versus triggered, and restoring the interpretation of the memory chosen for reprocessing. Overall, this leads to a decreased arousal state.

What/Who is EMDR best-suited?

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults with..
  • PTSD
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • Attachment Concerns
  • Chronic Pain
  • Grief
  • Self-Esteem
  • Other(s)

Taylor received EMDR training through the EMDR Institute in Asheville, NC in 2018 and 2019. From there, Taylor pursued further continuing education and advanced EMDR training. Presently, Taylor is an EMDR Certified Therapist. The certification was awarded as of 1 April 2021. She continues to receive supervision and consult from an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) certified professional. Taylor remains committed to continuing education and advanced EMDR training.


Additional EMDR Resources:

EMDR Institute: www.emdr.com
EMDRIA, EMDR International Association: https://www.emdria.org

Here’s to learning ERP, bossing back the OCD & living YOUR life!!