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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in Toronto

When you’ve experienced something traumatic, it can be hard to know how to talk about it.

You might know you need help processing what’s happened, but you aren’t sure where you’d even begin.

Even worse, different sights, smells, or words can bring back painful memories, forcing you to experience them all over again.

If talking about your experiences isn’t enough, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be an effective alternative.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy that involves focusing on a traumatic memory while experiencing bilateral stimulation - this might be an action like following a light with your eyes or tapping alternating shoulders.

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While it was originally created to treat PTSD, EMDR is now used for a wide range of mental health issues.

EMDR can help with issues related to:

  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Chronic pain
  • Panic disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Eating disorders and body image

How Does EMDR Work?

The main goal of EMDR is to change how your memories are stored in your brain.

You’ll recall distressing memories in steps, and your EMDR therapist will guide you through re-processing them until they’re no longer overwhelming.

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There are eight steps to EMDR, which you can explore in our article What is EMDR? (The Pros and Cons)

At KMA Therapy, our therapy sessions are 50-minutes in length and cost $245 per session. Our services are covered by most insurance providers under “Psychological Services.”

Beginning EMDR at KMA Therapy

Begin therapy for PTSD at KMA by completing our online registration form. Our care coordinator will reach out to schedule your introductory appointment and provide you with the next steps.

To learn more about EMDR, call us at 416 487 6288, or explore the full list of therapies we offer.

Learn more about how your body reacts to trauma by reading: What are the Four Trauma Responses? (And How to Cope)

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