EMDR and the Healing of Trauma

EMDR and the Healing of Trauma

EMDR and the Healing of Trauma

Trauma is an event, either experienced or witnessed, that is outside the normal range of human experience. Traumatic experiences can have long-lasting effects that can affect an individual's mental health. EMDR therapy is a type of therapy that has been found to be very effective in treating trauma. In this blog post, we will discuss what EMDR therapy is and the process involved in the therapy. If you reside in Orlando and you are seeking EMDR therapy, our team at Orlando Thrive Therapy is here to help.

EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a popular therapy used to treat trauma around the world. The therapy was first introduced in 1987 and has since gained popularity due to its effectiveness. EMDR therapy has been researched extensively and is backed by scientific evidence. The idea behind the therapy is to help an individual process distressing memories that have become stuck, that are causing emotional pain or negative beliefs that affect their lives.

The EMDR therapy process involves an eight-phase process that is completed by an EMDR therapist. In the first phase, the therapist will assess the client's history and develop a treatment plan. The therapist then moves to the second phase, which requires the individual to focus on a specific traumatic event, the feeling it brings, negative beliefs about oneself, and body sensation around the event. EMDR processing follows in the third phase, where the therapist guides the patient through bilateral stimulation using eye movement, tapping, or auditory stimulation, and recognizes new changes in emotions, sensations, and thoughts.

The therapist then moves to phase four to assess change, and if more processing is required, the therapy will go through further phases. The fifth phase is Desensitization, where negative beliefs are replaced with more favorable beliefs. The therapist, with the client, works to develop a list of positive beliefs that will serve as a replacement for the former negative beliefs. The client will then focus on the positive belief while reprocessing the traumatic event. In phase six, the therapist will wrap up everything to help the client feel more reinforced with the chosen positive belief. In the seventh phase, the therapist will re-evaluate the therapy's effectiveness before the client's previous traumas, insights, and changes are processed further. Finally, in the eighth phase, the therapist and the client review all that has been learned during the sessions for future growth.


EMDR therapy is an effective therapy that can help heal individuals suffering the effects of trauma. The process is done with the guidance of an EMDR therapist and comes in eight phases. The therapy can reduce symptoms that resulted from the traumatic experience, making it easier for one to lead a better life. At Orlando Thrive Therapy, we are committed to providing you with the best mental health services. Please contact us if you are seeking EMDR therapy in Orlando, and we would be happy to help.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.