EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING THERAPY
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly structured therapy used to treat and heal trauma caused by strenuous life events.
EMDR has efficacy in treating a vast array of conditions. I utilize this therapy extensively to treat symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, grief, chronic fear/phobias, addiction, mild eating/feeding disorders, and other maladaptive thought processes brought on by disturbing life events. Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes, and many people understand t easier when we think of it like big “T” trauma (like 9/11), or small “t” trauma (your parent’s divorce). Most clients aren’t aware they have experienced trauma until they understand their experience has left an emotional wound. Like all wounds, they heal best when we properly clean them out. Some wounds are deeper and take more time to heal. A wound left untreated has the potential to scar, or worse, become infected. This is the same with emotional trauma.
Therapists utilizing EMDR have received extensive training for certification with this highly specialized therapy.
EMDR therapy works directly on the brain, with a dual attention stimulus. This can be done by paying attention to a specific memory or event, while also doing a right-left bilateral stimulation using a method chosen by clients such as eye movements, pulsing, sound, or tapping. The intensity of the stimulation is client-directed and can be stopped or paused at any stage of the process. Most clients enjoy the EMDR process and often report enhanced benefits that go beyond what a normal talk-therapy session may provide.
Why might I like this kind of treatment?
EMDR therapy can be very effective for individuals who have tried other treatments with limited success, and can also be a first-line of treatment. Sometimes people have a difficult time talking about memories associated with their troubling life events. Many people like this therapy because they don’t have to talk in depth about the distressing images while participating in this treatment. Yet, EMDR can have lasting benefits that relieve layers of distress often faster than what talk-therapy is able to accomplish. In fact, the numbers show that one session of EMDR therapy can sometimes be as beneficial as months of talk therapy.
Can EMDR cause problems for me?
Like any form of therapy, we may feel worse before we get better. As the saying goes, the fastest way past a problem is moving through it. We don’t want to cover up old wounds or try to pretend they aren’t there. Or worse, turn back around and repeat what we’ve already had to endure. People often slow down their healing process when they don’t maintain regular sessions or they avoid doing the deep work. To get the most out of your treatment come prepared to work hard in sessions, stay engaged with your treatment in between sessions, and ask questions if you have any concerns along the way.
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