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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a type of trauma therapy that supports the natural healing processes of the brain. Developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR is regarded as the leading trauma therapy. 

Every clinician at Giving Tree has received at least 52 hours of EMDR training and can practice EMDR. 

Who is a good fit for EMDR?

Giving Tree believes that trauma, or painful experiences, should be self-defined. EMDR is not limited to those who have experienced specific types of trauma or painful experiences. Common experiences include child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, bullying, oppression (e.g. abelism, homophobia, transphobia), moving, and being chronically misunderstood..

We provide EMDR to all ages served including children.

How is EMDR different?

EMDR is a more active form of therapy than traditional talk therapy. In EMDR, talking is secondary to the experience of the therapy. Clients enjoy that EMDR does not require homework to be effective in making change.

How long do sessions last?

Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR therapy can be done in large chunks of time for faster results. Sessions range from an hour to 3 hours in one day.

Is EMDR right for me?

As trauma therapists, we believe almost everyone will benefit from EMDR. 

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