EMDR Psychotherapy Treatments**

West Babylon & Kings Park, NY

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.

EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.

During treatment various procedures and protocols are used to address the entire clinical picture. One of the procedural elements is “dual stimulation” using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. During the reprocessing phases the client attends momentarily to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on a set of external stimulus. During that time, clients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations. The clinician assists the client to focus on appropriate material before initiation of each subsequent set.

** EMDR is a clinical tool utilized in psychotherapy services.  As of 9/1/2021, due to an increase of COVID-19 variances, all psychotherapy services will be conducted via Telehealth. If the application of EMDR is deemed necessary by therapist and patient, it will be conducted in the West Babylon office, not telehealth due to the sensitive nature of this process. All CDC safety protocols must be followed for in-office services. Upon completion of EMDR protocol, psychotherapy via teletherapy will resume.

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