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  • EMDR Therapy

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    Looking to reclaim your life after a traumatic event? You’re in the right place. At Mindful Counseling, we provide innovative and effective therapies for those in the Shreveport, Louisiana, area. Among the modalities we offer is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a groundbreaking approach that has helped countless individuals like yourself find relief from the lingering effects of trauma. If you’re struggling with PTSD, anxiety, or other emotional challenges, EMDR therapy may be the key to unlocking healing and transformation.

    What Is EMDR Therapy?

    EMDR therapy is a highly effective and evidence-based approach to treating trauma, anxiety, phobias, and other psychological issues. Developed in the late 1980s, EMDR therapy has since gained widespread recognition for its ability to facilitate rapid and lasting healing, especially for those with PTSD. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

    How Does EMDR Work?

    EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

    EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit the
    EMDR Institute, Inc.

    How Is EMDR Therapy Used?

    EMDR was originally established as an effective treatment for trauma and PTSD. But since then, it’s been proven useful for treating the following conditions:

    • Panic Attacks
    • Complicated Grief
    • Dissociative Orders
    • Disturbing Memories
    • Phobias
    • Pain Disorders
    • Performance Anxiety
    • Addictions
    • Stress Reduction
    • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
    • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
    • Personality Disorders

    None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you? Well, do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true? If any of these apply, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.

    Don’t Let the Weight of Past Traumas Hold You Back

    Don’t let the weight of past traumas hold you back any longer—take the courageous step toward healing today.  Whether you’re a newcomer to EMDR therapy or an EMDR veteran, Mindful Counseling in Shreveport, LA, is here to provide you with support on your mental health journey. Contact us today for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR might be beneficial for you. Our services are available virtually and in person.

    Meet our therapists who provide EMDR Therapy

    Samantha Powell, MA, PLPC

    Samantha Powell, MA, PLPC

    About Samantha Powell Hi! My name is Samantha Powell, and I am dedicated to helping individuals of all ages including women, children and adolescents! Therapy Approach With years of experience, I strive to bring a fun, interactive, client-based, and empathic approach to counseling. Despite the challenge there is hope to be able to understand how […]
    Olivia Ferguson, M.S., LPC, NCC, CCTP

    Olivia Ferguson, M.S., LPC, NCC, CCTP

    About Hi, I’m Olivia! I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for all people of all ages. My goal is to empower my clients to experience growth and help them remember that they are enough.  Therapy Approach  I have focused most of my career in navigating trauma with individuals and families from many […]