Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

This therapy has helped millions of people
overcome PTSD and symptoms caused
by difficult life experiences

Dr. Piera Briganti. LCP-PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and trained EMDR Psychotherapist

EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a form of  psychotherapy   validated by hundreds of scientific studies, that is able to solve discomfort and symptoms by reprocessing negative/traumatic memories through eye movements.

EMDR Therapy Online

EMDR can also be done online, for all those who cannot come to the studio or prefer to do therapy from home. With the same effectiveness that in study, EMDR online is“face-to-face” therapy with a real therapist.

EMDR possesses the ability to get the person to the root of problems
and of traumas completely,fastly and profoundly.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is one of the most studied therapies in the world, and has already effectively helped millions of people who suffered from:

Disorders related to traumatic events

Anxiety and panic attacks

Irrational phobias and fears

Depression, low self-esteem

Mourning and complicated grief

Affective and relationship problems

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Personality disorders, dissociative disorders

How does EMDR work?

The human mind possesses the innate ability to heal from an emotional wound or severe trauma, as the body possesses cellular mechanisms to heal from an injury.

Each of our experiences becomes a piece of our personality. Sometimes some experiences overcome our personal resources and remain unprocessed, frozen in emotional memories, which are stored into the limbic areas of the brain. This happens for several reasons: because we were too young to deal with them at the time, or because they were repeated over time (dysfunctional family environment) or because they were simply too stressful.
During the reprocessing of these experiences with EMDR, it has been observed that brain activation moves from limbic/emotional areas to cognitive/associative areas. This shift leads to the reduction of “raw” emotions (guilt, fear, anger, etc.) and the development of new connections to all other cognitive and personal resources.

Why are eye movements so important?

“Bilateral stimulation” with ocular movements activates the reprocessing in our mind, leading in a very short time to greater affective neutrality from our negative memories.

Eye movements are not the only form of bilateral stimulation: tactile tapping or auditory tones can also be used.

Is it enough to move your eyes to feel better?

Bilateral stimulation is one of the 8 stages of the therapeutic protocol, but it is not the only one.

For this reason EMDR is not only a technique but a psychotherapy and therefore can only be guided by the competence of a mental health specialist.

How long does it take to get better?

EMDR is an extremely effective therapy and therefore faster than other “spoken” therapies. It is shown that for the elaboration of a single traumatic episode, such as an accident, can take even 3 sessions to return to normal.

In more complex cases, when life history is characterized by several negative experiences, it may take some more sessions or a few months.

Who guarantees the effectiveness and safety of EMDR?

Since 1987, the year of its discovery, EMDR has been constantly tested in different groups of people, and its effectiveness and tolerability is a well-established fact. EMDR is recommended by the WHO, the American Department of Defense and several International Guidelines for Excellence in Clinical Practice including APA and NICE.

For which problems
EMDR therapy
may be helpful

EMDR was born from the PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) research on war veterans. Later its use was extended to many other traumatic or stressful experiences.

We shouldn’t think that only a catastrophic event represents a trauma to the human mind.

Sometimes even minor experiences may exceed the mind’s ability to process them and remain “frozen” in emotional memory networks (in the limbic system) which  are then reactivated by daily stimuli, generating symptoms and dysfunctional behaviors.

T Traumas

All those events involving the threat to the sense of security and safety are traumas with a capital T: be involved or witness a violent incident or an accident, suffer an assault or a mugging.

t Traumas

All those episodes related to the relationships (both within the family and ouside) that contribute to shaping negative cognitions about ourselves since the  early stages of life.

Complicated Grief

Sometimes the experience of loss remains stuck in one of the stages of the mourning process, preventing us from returning to live and overcome the disappearance of one of our loved ones (human or animal).

Chronic Pain Syndromes

Chronic pain, phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome. Pain is not always a physical fact, but it is often the manifestation of trauma. EMDR has proven more effective than drugs to resolve painful syndromes.


“EMDR saved my life.
It was almost as if a surgeon removed the horrible memories and negative thoughts about me, replacing them with positive beliefs and giving me confidence. Who had abused me had convinced me it was my fault if they felt attracted to me. Now I can feel clean again”

“Thanks to EMDR I overcame my fear of flying, I was able to laugh on a plane!

Thanks for making me a better parent and moving on instead of being stuck in the past. At every session I felt relieved of an unnecessary and heavy burden”

“I started with EMDR during a time when I was fighting daily with severe migraines and anxiety. I am truly grateful that I have found such compassionate and professional listening.

EMDR helped me to walk inside deep memories and emotions and resume the path of serenity”

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About Me

I’ve always been passionate about getting to know how the human mind works. For this reason my training has always been focused on clinical psychology, which is the most fascinating  branch of psychology.

I specialized in cognitive-oriented psychotherapy, in an institution focused on therapies based on scientific evidence.

I learned about EMDR during my PsyD and I was so impressed by its effectiveness that I continued specializing and completed the official EMDR training.

Today I am grateful  for this extraordinary method and to be able to give my patients their life back witnessing  a small miracle every time.

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