Susanne Zimmermann: EMDR Trauma therapy

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EMDR Trauma therapy

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

In my practice I am offering EMDR in addition to the body therapeutic methods of Shiatsu and acupuncture.
As longterm bodily constraints usually are also leading to psychological stress, this combination offers an ideal treatment approach.
Generally, EMDR offers help with overcoming anxiety, phobias, bodily traumas (for example in the aftermath of an accident), chronic pain, and posttraumatic stress disorders.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a psycho-traumatological treatment method developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro for trauma victims, which is recognised internationally as one of the most effective methods for treating posttraumatic stress disorders.
EMDR combines approaches of psychodynamic depth psychology, cognitive behavior therapy, body therapy and interpersonal interaction.

Which disease patterns can be treated?

The fast and potent effects of EMDR make it an ideal instrument for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorders. However EMDR is not limited to trauma therapy only. Today, EMDR is being used to treat many anxiety disorders, phobias, substance abuse, psychosomatic disorders, traumatic sorrow after experiences of loss, and chronic pain.

How does EMDR work?

A trauma can result in so-called speechless terror: the right half of the brain processes images the patient has witnessed while the language centre is actively suppressed. The patient is not able to put into words his/her experience, which makes coping with the traumatic experience more difficult.

EMDR can support this process of coping through bilateral stimulation of the brain, i.e. the stimulation of both hemispheres of the brain.
It is assumed that through bilateral stimulation through certain eye movements (as well as through acustic and tactile stimuli) a synchronisation of both hemispheres of the brain is enabled. This can be explained by referring to the REM phases when sleeping, which are characterised by strong eye movements - it is assumed that in those phases of sleep day-time experiences are processed in an elevated mode.

After a successful EMDR treatment, most patients feel considerably relieved, negative persuasions can be reformulated in a new and positive way (including from the emotional side) and the physiological agitation is considerably reduced.

Duration of treatment:

The necessary number of EMDR sessions, each of which lasts 60-90 minutes, depends on the depth of the trauma and the personal background of the patient - it can vary from 1 to about 10 sessions.

For inquiries relating to EMDR trauma therapy, contact:

Susanne Zimmermann

  • 0 30 / 532 16 779 (Susanne)


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