Isabelle Shook LPC | Therapist

EMDR®: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy designed to help individuals process and recover from traumatic events and other distressing memories and experiences. EMDR has become well known for its distinct methodology and successful results.

When recalling painful experiences, the therapy uses guided eye movements, noises, or taps to increase bilateral brain activity. By facilitating better processing of the painful memory and lowering its emotional impact, this bilateral stimulation promotes healing.

Although the precise mechanisms behind EMDR remain under study, it has been suggested that the eye movements or other bilateral stimulation approaches utilized in the therapy help the brain’s intrinsic healing capabilities.

What Sets Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Apart from Other Treatment Options?

There are certain aspects of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing that set it apart from conventional therapy treatments, which are:

Bilateral Stimulation

Bilateral stimulation, which incorporates rhythmic left-right brain stimulation, is one of the distinctive aspects of EMDR. Bilateral stimulation helps the brain’s two hemispheres work together to absorb and integrate traumatic events by stimulating both of them simultaneously. EMDR encourages adaptive resolution of traumatic events and a decrease in their emotional intensity by engaging both sides of the brain.

Targeted Trauma Processing

EMDR was developed primarily to treat trauma and its effects on a person’s well-being. EMDR specifically addresses past traumatic events, beliefs, emotions, and physical sensations, as opposed to other traditional treatments that may indirectly tackle trauma.

Comprehensive Approach

With EMDR, an individual’s past experiences, current triggers, and future objectives are all taken into account while structuring their course of treatment. EMDR analyzes the bigger picture of an individual’s existence and the various factors that contribute to their distress, rather than just concentrating on the traumatic event itself.

With such a comprehensive understanding, a therapist can customize the patient’s treatment to meet their unique needs, facilitating deeper healing and lasting transformation.

Research-Based Efficacy

EMDR has been approved as an evidence-based treatment for disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is backed by a sizable body of research. That said, the effectiveness of EMDR for minimizing trauma-related symptoms and enhancing general well-being has been shown in numerous studies.

Accelerated Healing

When compared to other treatment options, EMDR is known for its ability to produce significant improvements in a relatively short amount of time. This is because the brain’s inherent healing mechanisms are activated by the combination of bilateral stimulation and focused processing, which speeds healing and lessens symptom levels.

Our Commitment to Exceptional Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Services

Our objective at Isabelle Shook LPC is to help your healing process by offering outstanding Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatments.

Utilizing our in-depth understanding and experience with EMDR, we provide confidential and secure sessions that are customized to your specific requirements. Our top objective is to establish a safe and motivating atmosphere where you may regain your resilience and balance your nervous system.

Join us as we explore how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing can alter your life. Reach out to us right away to begin your journey toward recovery and development. Together, we can unleash the power of healing and give you the tools you need to reclaim a stronger sense of connection and well-being.


Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is not an appropriate platform for crisis interventions. If you need immediate help for any reason, please call 911, visit your nearest emergency room or call the 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.