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EMDR Therapy in Houston, TX 
 

What Is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy approach pioneered by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. It's primarily utilized for treating trauma, whether stemming from a single event or repeated experiences over time. The core premise of EMDR is that distressing memories can become "stuck" in the brain, contributing to ongoing emotional and psychological challenges.

Over the years, EMDR has evolved beyond its initial focus on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to encompass a broader range of issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, attachment issues, and compulsive addictive behaviors. It also integrates ego-strengthening techniques to enhance self-esteem and confidence.

During an EMDR session, the therapist guides the client through bilateral stimulation exercises, such as tracking hand movements, alternating sounds, or tactile sensations. These simulations aim to engage the brain's natural information processing mechanisms, facilitating the desensitization, and reprocessing of traumatic memories.

What is PTSD

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PTSD is characterized by symptoms of:

Flashbacks

Nightmares

Hypervigilance

Avoidance behaviors

Intrusive memories

Distorted beliefs

Negative changes in thinking & mood

Reactivity can severely impact daily functioning.

PTSD can develop after various traumatic events, such as combat exposure, sexual or physical assault, natural disasters, accidents, or witnessing a traumatic event happening to others. 

EMDR has been extensively researched and recognized as an effective treatment for PTSD. By desensitizing and reprocessing traumatic memories, EMDR aims to alleviate distress and reduce PTSD symptoms, empowering individuals to regain control over their lives.

EMDR AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU

Dr. Shapiro initially tested her hypothesis with war veterans suffering from PTSD, many of whom had struggled with symptoms for decades. Remarkably, EMDR often led to rapid and significant improvements, not only in symptom reduction but also in how individuals perceived themselves and their traumatic experiences.

EMDR has gained recognition from major mental health organizations worldwide, including the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and various governmental health agencies. 

This evidence-based therapy has benefited millions by relieving psychological distress.

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One intriguing aspect EMDR addresses is the brain's inability to differentiate between the magnitudes of trauma. Regardless of size, any negative event can profoundly affect mental and emotional well-being. Our brains do not know the difference between a little trauma or a big trauma – i.e. being bullied, shamed or experiencing neglect. 

EMDR targets how memories are stored and processed in the brain and body, enabling individuals to reprocess and diminish the emotional intensity of traumatic memories, fostering healing and resilience for a brighter future.

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Our EMDR Team

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GINA BAIAMONTE

EMDR Certified

Founder & CEO, MS., LPC,

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KATERI PEREZ

EMDR Certified

M.Ed., LPC,

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BRYANT PACKARD

Leadership Coach, EMDR Trained

MS., LMFT, Neurofeedback Specialist,

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OLGA PABON

EMDR Trained

M.A. LMSW

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SHARON WINDHAM

EMDR Trained

MA., LPC, Sex Coach,

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