What is EMDR Therapy?
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.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.
EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of past distressing events including those that took place during childhood years.
How can EMDR help?
EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for a variety of conditions including:
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Psychological impacts of accidents
- Disturbing Memories
- Performance Anxiety
- Stress Reduction
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Body Dysmorphia
- Distressing emotions that appear excessive given the current situation
- High reactivity to certain triggers
- Unhelpful beliefs that you believe about yourself while on an intellectual level you know are not true
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