EMDR in Brooklyn, NY

EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, was designed to help individuals move past the lingering psychological effects of trauma or negative experiences, whether or not they led to PTSD. These emotional consequences can deeply affect your current well-being, making it hard to truly heal. EMDR isn't about reliving the past; instead, it's about addressing those negative thoughts and feelings that come up when you're reminded of difficult times. These persistent distressing thoughts keep reopening old wounds, stopping them from healing properly. Dr. David Salvage uses a special technique involving rapid eye movements to help you reframe these thoughts into more positive ones, allowing your brain to heal and move forward. Originally developed for trauma and PTSD, Dr. Salvage now uses EMDR to treat a variety of stubborn mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, and impulse control disorders. He has seen great success in helping patients who feel stuck in their negative thoughts, no matter the underlying issue. To see if EMDR is right for you, contact our Brooklyn, NY practice and have Dr. Salvage conduct a thorough and caring evaluation of your situation.

Dr. Salvage is dedicated to helping you break negativity and move forward with a more positive outlook. EMDR works by desensitizing your negative feelings and thoughts and then reprocessing or replacing them with positive ones. For instance, if you were in a car accident, instead of being overwhelmed by fear and anxiety about driving, Dr. Salvage helps you see your experience as one of survival and strength. To achieve this, he guides you through eight phases. The first phase is history gathering where he learns about your past experiences. Then, in the preparation phase, he explains the process and helps you develop techniques to handle emotional distress. The assessment phase involves identifying the negative thoughts and feelings you want to address.

Next, during the desensitization phase, you use eye movements to reduce the intensity of these negative thoughts. In the installation phase, positive thoughts are reinforced to replace negative ones. A body scan is then conducted to check for any residual tension or distress. Closure ensures that you leave each session feeling better, not worse, and the final phase, reevaluation, happens at the beginning of each session to review progress and address any new issues. EMDR provides effective, fast relief for those who have been struggling for years with harmful emotions tied to specific events.

EMDR offers numerous advantages and can have a profound impact on your mental and emotional well-being. By addressing and transforming negative thoughts and emotions related to past traumas, EMDR helps individuals in the Brooklyn, NY area move forward with greater resilience and peace of mind, resulting in the following benefits:

  • Reduction in PTSD symptoms
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Improved self-esteem and self-worth
  • Enhanced ability to cope with stress
  • Faster processing of traumatic memories
  • Greater emotional stability
  • Better overall mental health
  • Increased resilience in facing future challenges

Fantastic Psychiatrist - I can't say enough wonderful things about David Salvage. It's extremely difficult to find a psychiatrist who actually listens, takes their time with you and works 'with you' to find the right medication for whatever you are struggling with. David is a gem, and I would recommend him to everyone and anyone who is seeking quality care. David, besides everything I just mentioned is kind, extremely knowledgeable, and has such a calm presence. The office was amazing. It's super cozy and unique, and not sterile like so many other offices I've been to. You will not regret scheduling with him. Thank you, David!

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Dr Salvage is a highly intelligent, generous, and sympathetic doctor. He is very gentle, listens intently, and makes you feel as if you are in a partnership aimed toward your best health. I recommend him highly.

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I've been a patient of Dr. Salvage for over three years. He is a true professional. He goes out of his way to provide excellent service. Dr. Salvage is a rarity in psychiatry. While he is a medical doctor, he has a highly humanistic manner and approach that makes you feel welcomed as soon as you walk into his office. I highly recommend him.

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Dr. Salvage has literally saved the lives of 2 of my family members. He is so kind and caring and his knowledge of psychopharmacology is amazing. Depression and anxiety are difficult to manage long-term and his therapy and med selection has taken us all from some very dark places into a more balanced life filled with happiness. We still struggle, but with Dr. Salvage’s care, we have hope again.

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If you're struggling with the lasting effects of past trauma, EMDR with Dr. David Salvage could be a transformative step for you. With his expertise and Level III training in EMDR, Dr. David Salvage offers compassionate and skilled guidance to help you overcome negative thoughts and emotions. Dr. Salvage's dedication to your mental and emotional well-being ensures a supportive and effective therapeutic experience. Reach out to our Brooklyn, NY practice today to begin healing, and see how EMDR can make a difference in your life.

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