Uncovering the Facts Behind EMDR

Do you experience a past traumatic event that seems to control your thoughts, reactions, and feelings? In that case, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing can break the yoke of negative thoughts, improving your mental health. For Brooklyn EMDR solutions, David Salvage, M.D., FAPM has all it takes to administer this innovative therapy. Contact his practice today to delete your negative thoughts and welcome positive ideas quickly and effectively. Call today or apply the online feature to book your consultation and learn more about the numerous benefits of EMDR.

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing?

EMDR is a treatment that is used to assist people in overcoming the psychological repercussions of past trauma or tragic events. Whether or not the experience resulted in clinical post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the emotional ramifications of prior trauma can cast a wide net over your current mental state, hindering your ability to heal completely.

The purpose of EMDR is not to relive the past but to confront the negative ideas and sensations that still arise when you’re reminded of it. Since every time you have a bad thought or emotion about the past event, you reopen the old wound, never allowing it to close completely, this recurring distress stops your brain from healing.

Dr. Salvage helps you transform your thoughts into more positive ones by using a unique desensitization process that relies on rapid eye movements, enabling your brain to heal and put the past behind you.

What Conditions Can EMDR Address?

Whereas EMDR was meant to treat trauma and PTSD, Dr. Salvage uses it to treat a variety of treatment-resistant mental diseases, including:

  •         Anxiety
  •         Depression
  •         Impulse Control Disorders
  •         Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  •         Phobias

Dr. Salvage has had remarkable success implementing EMDR to help patients stuck in therapy break free from their negative beliefs, regardless of the underlying disorder. The only way to find out if EMDR is appropriate for you is to meet with Dr. Salvage for an in-depth consultation.

How does EMDR Work?

While EMDR comprises eight steps, the fundamental goals of the psychotherapy are twofold: 1) Acclimate yourself to unpleasant feelings and thoughts; and 2) Reprocess or replace these bad thoughts with new, more positive ones. For instance, if you were in a traffic accident, instead of dealing with intense fear and anxiety about driving, Dr. Salvage can help you build a new image: one of survival and strength.

To reach this stage, Dr. Salvage guides you through the eight previously described phases, which are:

  •         History collection
  •         Preparation
  •         Assessment (determining the negative thoughts)
  •         Desensitization using eye movements
  •         Installation (of favorable thoughts)
  •         Body scan to monitor progress
  •         Closure (to summarize each session)
  •         Re-evaluation (at the beginning of every session)

EMDR is effective and, maybe more crucially, quick. When you’ve been struggling for years with negative thoughts or feelings related to a specific event or condition, Dr. Salvage can help you end the cycle once and for all.


Call David Salvage, MD, FAPM, or fill out the online form to request an appointment to evaluate your chances with EMDR and experience better mental health today.