Erika Shershun, MFT, San Francisco Bay A

What Is EMDR?

If you’re suffering from trauma, you’re no stranger to triggers. They act like cracks in present-day reality that open to the unresolved trauma of your past. Triggers happen in a flash as automatic responses connected to the trauma— disruptive pieces of sensory, emotional, or somatic memories. One of the most effective methods for diffusing and eliminating triggers is EMDR, which will help to separate your emotional responses from deep rooted and often unconscious reminders of distressing or disturbing experiences.  


EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an evidence-based treatment for trauma, phobias, and other challenging feelings. In my practice I use side to side eye movement for the bilateral stimulation required in EMDR. The length of treatment depends on how many traumas you’ve experienced, and how much your nervous system is being impacted by those traumas. Some triggers and phobias are resolved in just a few sessions, others, such as complex (multiple) trauma, take longer.


Some uses for EMDR include but are not limited to:


  • relational trauma

  • sexual trauma 

  • physical assault or abuse  

  • natural and man-made disasters   

  • car accidents  

  • medical trauma 

  • phobias

  • panic attacks and anxiety

  • grief and loss


I continue to be amazed by the results I see in my clients through the use of EMDR. The video below offers a brief introduction.

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