Trauma Therapy & EMDR

Trauma Therapy & EMDR in Pembroke Pines and Broward County

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a technique used as a primary therapy or as an adjunct form of treatment. As EMDR trained clinicians, we are able to offer this effective intervention to alleviate symptoms related to trauma as well as other distressing symptoms.

What EMDR helps to treat:

  • Phobias, anxieties, fears, panic disorder, obsessions
  • Depression, dysphoria, sadness
  • Eating disorders, body image concerns
  • Medical trauma, medical diagnosis, chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
  • Relationship issues, family of origin difficulties
  • Identity and sexual problems
  • Self-defeating patterns, self sabotage, poor self-esteem
  • Accidents, natural disasters, survivor guilt
  • Performance problems, public speaking, creative blocks
  • Anger, rage, feeling unsafe
  • Triggers for addictions
  • Negative thoughts, patterns
  • Attachment, interpersonal and relationship challenges, barriers to intimacy

Results you can see from EMDR:

  • Increased relaxation and stress reduction

  • No longer getting triggered around the trauma

  • Improved sleep, including reduction of nightmares

  • Resolution of chronic pain

  • Increased ability to meditate

  • Improved focus

  • Ability to be mindful

Contact us today to start with one of our EMDR specialists in Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

What is EMDR?

Expert from

“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy.  Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment.  Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session.  After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision.  As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.  For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.”  Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.  The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them.  Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.”

Our EMDR Specialists:

Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC

Stephanie Savo, LMHC 


More about EMDR:

What is EMDR?

Why is EMDR Effective in Treating Trauma?