The Power of EMDR Therapy in Healing Psychological and Physical Symptoms from Adverse Life Experiences

The Power of EMDR Therapy – Introduction:

Our experiences shape who we are, but sometimes, traumatic events leave lasting scars, both mentally and physically. At United Mental Health Counseling, we understand the importance of addressing these issues and offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as an effective treatment approach. In this article, we will explore the role of EMDR therapy and how it helps individuals recover and reclaim their lives.

Understanding EMDR Therapy:

EMDR therapy has been widely recognized as an evidence-based treatment approach for trauma and related psychological disorders. Developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, this therapy stimulates bilateral brain activation through eye movements, hand taps, or sounds. By doing so, it facilitates the reprocessing of traumatic memories and associated distress.

The Impact of Trauma on Physical and Psychological Health:

Adverse life experiences, such as childhood abuse, accidents, military combat, or natural disasters, can have a profound impact on an individual’s psychological and physical well-being. Trauma often manifests as symptoms like nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other physical ailments. Moreover, chronic stress resulting from trauma can even lead to the manifestation of physical disorders.

How EMDR Therapy Works:

During EMDR therapy sessions, the therapist activates the brain through bilateral stimulation while focusing on distressing memories or events. This stimulation aids the brain in processing and integrating traumatic experiences, allowing the individual to resolve emotional disturbances, change negative beliefs, and ultimately reduce distressing symptoms.

Benefits of EMDR Therapy:

  1. Healing Trauma: EMDR therapy supports individuals in processing traumatic memories and reducing the intensity of associated emotions, resulting in significant emotional healing.
  2. Symptom Reduction: Known to alleviate various psychological symptoms related to trauma, such as anxiety, depression, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), EMDR therapy offers relief and healing.
  3. Physical Relief: By addressing the psychological roots of physical ailments, EMDR therapy can help reduce chronic pain, sleep disturbances, and other physical symptoms associated with trauma.
  4. Enhanced Well-being: EMDR therapy empowers individuals to regain control over their lives and improve their overall well-being by removing the barriers created by unresolved trauma.


Traumatic experiences can have a significant impact on our psychological and physical health. United Mental Health Counseling recognizes the importance of addressing these issues and offers EMDR therapy as an effective solution. With EMDR therapy, individuals can begin their journey towards healing and recovery, reclaiming their lives, and achieving a brighter future. Our team is here to provide supportive and compassionate care as you navigate your path towards well-being.