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What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and How Can it Help Me


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that is used to treat individuals who have experienced trauma. EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s and is a relatively new therapy compared to other established psychotherapies. The therapy involves the use of rapid eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help individuals process traumatic memories and reframe their negative beliefs.


EMDR is based on the theory that traumatic experiences can get "stuck" in the brain, and that this can lead to a variety of negative symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR aims to "desensitize" the traumatic memory, meaning that it reduces the emotional intensity of the memory and changes the individual's negative beliefs and perceptions.


The first step in EMDR is to identify the traumatic memory that is causing distress. This is done through a process of assessment and psychoeducation, in which the therapist works with the individual to identify the specific memory and its associated emotions and beliefs.


The next step involves the use of bilateral stimulation, which can be achieved through rapid eye movements, tapping, or other forms of sensory input that alternate between the left and right sides of the body. The individual is asked to focus on the traumatic memory while also focusing on the bilateral stimulation. The goal is to process the memory in a way that reduces the emotional intensity and changes the negative beliefs associated with the memory.


As the therapy progresses, the individual may experience a variety of emotions and physical sensations. These can range from sadness and fear to tingling and warmth. The therapist helps the individual to stay focused on the traumatic memory while also managing any intense emotions or sensations that may arise.


EMDR is typically conducted over multiple sessions, and the number of sessions will depend on the individual and the nature of their trauma. While EMDR can be a relatively brief therapy, it is important to note that it can be emotionally intense and should be conducted by a trained and licensed therapist.


One of the strengths of EMDR is its focus on the present and the future. While other therapies may focus on exploring past experiences and childhood traumas, EMDR is focused on helping individuals process and reframe their traumatic memories in the present. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.


EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that has been extensively researched and shown to be effective in numerous clinical trials. It has been found to be as effective as other forms of psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. EMDR has also been used to treat a variety of other mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and phobias.


In conclusion, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that is used to treat individuals who have experienced trauma. EMDR is based on the theory that traumatic memories can get "stuck" in the brain and lead to a variety of negative symptoms. EMDR involves the use of rapid eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help individuals process traumatic memories and reframe negative beliefs. EMDR is a brief therapy that is focused on the present and future, and it has been shown to be effective in numerous clinical trials. While EMDR can be emotionally intense, it can be a highly effective therapy for those who have experienced trauma and are motivated to make positive changes in their mental health.


If you have experienced trauma or are struggling with symptoms related to past experiences, contact me, at 614-647-HELP, for EMDR therapy. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. With my training and experience in EMDR, I can help you process and reframe your traumatic memories, and move towards a more positive and fulfilling future.

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