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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro starting in 1988 in which the person being treated is asked to recall distressing images; the therapist then directs the patient in one type of bilateral stimulation, such as side-to-side eye rapid movement or hand tapping. According to the 2013 World Health Organization practice guideline: "This therapy is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors are the result of unprocessed memories. The treatment involves standardized procedures that include focusing simultaneously on spontaneous associations of traumatic images, thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and bilateral stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements."
An intensive is a way to deliver treatment in an intensive but short period of time, such as a weekend, where multiple EMDR Therapy sessions per day are completed. New research shows that intensive therapy for trauma and stress can be extremely effective on symptom reduction. Our EMDR therapists are also trained in Polyvagal theory and Somatic Experiencing modalities, and will frequently wind these modalities into the EMDR treatment to further reduce and resolve symptoms. (These are referred to as “interweaves”).
Yoga therapy is a type of therapy that uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body, and spirit.