Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EDMR is a scientifically researched and proven method to treat post-traumatic stress. It is a form of integrative psychotherapy that uses a variety of different techniques and elements from other various treatments

Once somebody experiences something traumatic, the brain can often lose its ability to process information as effectively as it could before. This can often result in huge anxiety, aggression and depression. Somebody who suffers from post-traumatic stress will often suffer from severe flashbacks of the incident whenever they are confronted with something that may trigger the memory – such as a sound, a smell or even a place. Sometimes these flashbacks can occur randomly and are often very vivid, forcing the bad memory to be re-experienced in detail. These EMDR is a therapy that tried to provide relief from these painful and difficult memories. EDMR focuses on allowing the patient to return to normal cognitive function and assists them in being able to recall their trauma without having to relive the event.

EDMR has also proven to be effective when treating disorders that are not necessarily brought on by trauma such as

  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Personality Disorders
  • Sexual, physical abuse

An EMDR treatment session can last up to 90 minutes. Your therapist will ask you to recall a disturbing event, the one that has caused you trauma, whilst moving his finger back forth whilst your eyes follow the movement. Your therapist will then slowly begin to guide you into thoughts that are more peaceful and pleasant. Some therapists may use tapping or music tones instead of hand motions.

People who use the technique argue that EMDR can weaken the effect of negative emotions. Before and after each EMDR treatment, your therapist will ask you to rate your level of distress. The hope is that your disturbing memories will become less disabling.

If you are somebody who is suffering from post-traumatic stress or any of the conditions listed, perhaps EDMR may be the treatment you should explore. To find a qualified professional in your area, please visit our homepage.

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