EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR therapy is an extensively researched psychotherapy that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
EMDR can also benefit people experiencing depression, anxiety and panic disorders, those who have experienced loss, and individuals struggling with alcohol or drug dependence. This therapy is useful with a diver age range from children as young as five to adults.
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EMDR therapy is based on the premise that most psychological pain is due to the incomplete processing of disturbing life experiences.
EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation, i.e., alternating eye movements, tactile stimulation or sound, which activates the opposite sides of the brain effectively releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This unique treatment allows one to process difficult emotional experiences without talking about the trauma in detail. EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration and most importantly, it can eliminate the stress surrounding traumatic events. The three-pronged treatment approach of EMDR targets one’s past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges.
What constitutes trauma can vary from person to person. Many people assume that trauma results from experiencing life-threatening events. In fact, any painful life experience can be traumatic. Including:
- Traumatic event such as car crash, sexual assault, domestic violence
- History of abuse
- Painful childhood experiences
- Relationships that ended poorly
- Discrimination, bigotry, racism; from an individual or system
As a result, clients experience an alleviation of symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memories, an improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.