EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.


EMDR is an approach to therapy that involves addressing the way your body physically stores information and helping your body heal itself.


Early experiences get stored in your brain within your memory. Optimally, that process involves mental, emotional, and physical connections that lead you to have life outcomes, responses, behaviors, & beliefs that are positive, helpful and stored within you in a balanced way. If an early experience occurred that is negative and/or distressing, then that experience does not get fully processed and the memory continues to be stored within you in a way that is distressing to you—as it was perceived at the time of the event(s)—and continues to negatively impact your current daily functioning and leave you feeling unbalanced.


EMDR can help you to naturally allow your mind & body to form new connections within your brain & body so that you can reach healthier resolutions to negative and distressing experiences.


EMDR works equally well with children, teens, adults, and older adults.


EMDR is considered an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), The American Psychological Association, The American Psychiatric Association, The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1998 and 2008, The 2004 AND 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines, Tricare (Military) and many other third-party/insurance payers!


The APA (American Psychological Association) found that EMDR was determined to be an effective treatment of trauma.


You can also google the Department’s of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. Washington, DC.


Though originally used to treat those struggling with traumatic events, EMDR has been shown to be efficacious for treating more than just trauma and PTSD. EMDRIA-trained clinicians have been integrating EMDR into the treatment of a variety of problems, refining these approaches on a regular basis, and finding them to be effective in treating many types of mental health issues.


"Certification" in EMDR is rendered through EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), which is the professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. Certification requires a clinician to undergo basic and advanced training along with significant requisite oversight by a certified EMDR consultant.


As of April 2012, Dr. Deering achieved the designation of EMDR-Certified Therapist having met the requirements set forth by EMDRIA. Dr. Deering also continues to take advanced EMDRIA-approved courses in the areas of treating trauma, dissociation, and pain management issues.