EMDR Therapy in Kelowna, British Columbia and Online

According to the EMDR International Organization: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

What EMDR Therapy is For:

EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
  • Chronic Illness and medical issues
  • Depression and bipolar disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Pain
  • Performance anxiety
  • Personality disorders
  • PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
    • Sexual assault
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Substance abuse
    • Violence and abuse

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, other times they may not be processed without attuned guidance and support. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, and freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create an overwhelming feeling of being back in that moment–as if the body kept the memory alive even after the passing of time. EMDR therapy is not talk-based, so it does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue and clients are not expected to complete homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviours resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to process the memories, resuming its natural healing process. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.

EMDR is an internationally-acclaimed, effective, and evidence-based practice recognized by the following to learn more:

The American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress StudiesNational Alliance on Mental Illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of DefenseThe Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective and evidence-based treatment.

Information on EMDR Therapy:

Contact our Kelowna EMDR therapists at Alive Counselling to learn more, do a consultation & book an appointment.

EMDR is 90-minutes.

In Person EMDR Therapy in Kelowna, British Columbia

Online EMDR Therapy in British Columbia