What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.
What can EMDR help?
EMDR had been originally established as helpful & trauma-informed therapy for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Dissociative Orders
- Disturbing Memories
- Pain Disorders
- Performance Anxiety
- Stress Reduction
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Body Dysmorphic Disorders
- Personality Disorders
None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?
Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know are not true?
If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.
REMOVE EMOTIONAL BURDEN, AND HEAL MORE EFFICIENTLY.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing individuals from emotional distress or symptoms that have resulted from a disturbing life experience. EMDR, as with most therapy approaches, focuses on the individual’s present concerns. EMDR works to heal the brain from emotional trauma much like the body heals from physical injury. This approach believes past emotionally charged experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself. As an example: “Do you ever feel worthless although you know you are a worthwhile person?” EMDR processing helps you break through the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life. With the aid of EMDR therapy, an individual can remove the mental blocks preventing them from getting better, resulting in a more beneficial and therapeutic experience.
EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you update disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps you process things that are troubling you. EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of eye movements and brief reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.
The EMDR Difference
- EMDR focuses on the brain’s ability to constantly learn, taking past experiences, and updating them with present information.
- Adaptive learning is constantly updating memory network systems.
- Past emotionally charged experiences often interfere with your updating process.
- EMDR breaks through that interference and helps let go of the past and update your experiences to a healthier present perspective.
- EMDR uses a set of procedures to organize your negative and positive feelings, emotions, and thoughts, and then uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or alternating tapping, as a way to help you effectively work through those disturbing memories.
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