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Ed Gresick is a Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist.

As an addiction therapist I help patients resolve the root causes of their addictive or compulsive behaviors. Unmet childhood needs, losses, abuse, neglect, ACA issues, growing up in dysfunctional homes and other experiences in life are a common source of major and minor traumas that keep people repeating the same problems and learning from mistakes and feed the addictive cycle. These behaviors are not due to moral failures, bad character or a lack of willpower but are caused by actual changes in the brain.

EMDR is a comprehensive, very effective and time limited approach to the treatment of trauma, adverse life experiences and psychological stressors without the patient becoming re-traumatized. 

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) has recently been reclassified as PTSI (Post Traumatic Stress Injury). PTSD or PTSI can be “simple” or “complex” traumas also referred to as Type 1 and Type 2 Traumas or as “large” or “small” traumas. Trauma can result from many life experiences. An example of most obvious trauma is being involved in an accident or witnessing an accident. A less obvious example includes repeated and ongoing emotional or physical abuse in childhood or as an adult. A list of the causes of traumas is quite extensive.

What is important is to recognize the impact trauma has in your life. Trauma has many possible impacts that can affect, in a negative way, our relationships, ability to trust, attach to others in a healthy way, our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, attitudes, and dreams. Unresolved trauma also feeds persistent negativity, depression, anxiety and addictions and compulsive behaviors.

Ed Gresick integrates EMDR into his treatment approach because it is an evidenced based treatment approach and because it works.