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Monica Brown, MFT
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Monica Brown, MFT   |   Licensed  Marriage Family Therapist  |  MFC34359  |  510.483.1729

What is EMDR?
The acronym stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a simple psychological
procedure developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. in the 1980's. Through rapid eye movements, clients are able
to neurologically and psychologically process feelings that might otherwise prove intractable. EMDR can provide
a rapid way to desensitize painful memories and move beyond them. It can also be an effective way to get
beyond stuck places in therapy. However, because it is a powerful psychological tool, it can also lead to intense
emotional reactions that will need to be monitored carefully by both psychotherapist and client.

What it is NOT
EMDR is not hypnosis. You will not go into a trance or lose conscious control. Although EMDR is a simple
procedure, it cannot be casually applied. Due to its powerful nature, it is essential for EMDR to be administered
by a licensed mental health practitioner in the context of psychological treatment. EMDR is not a magic pill.

Is it for you?
EMDR can be effective in a variety of situations:
If you have been assaulted...
If you have gone through a recent shock...
If you have troubling memories that interfere with your life...
If you persist in feeling anxious in certain situations without knowing why...
If you periodically get flooded with strong emotions...
Then, EMDR might be very helpful in diminishing these troubling feelings. If so, discuss the possibility of utilizing this procedure with your therapist or call for a consultation.

If you are involved in a lawsuit where it is important to know and remember exact details, EMDR might make
these details less accessible to you. As such, EMDR can help you process your feeling but might jeopardize
your legal case.

EMDR offers an alternative to insight oriented therapy. It can be used as an adjunctive treatment,
complementing long-term psychodynamic work, or it can be used on its own as a short-term tool to deal with
troubling symptoms. As is true of any psychological treatment, its efficacy depends on the strength of the
relationship between the client and therapist and the psychological willingness and ability of the client to
process oftentimes painful information and feelings.

If you are interested in EMDR treatment, please discuss this with your therapist.

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