EMDR is an anacroym Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a type of treatment for people suffering from the symptoms and emotional distress of traumatic, disturbing life experiences. Using EMDR therapy, the mind can heal from psychological trauma in a similar way to which the body recovers from physical trauma.
You can get help in only a fraction of the time required for traditional therapy. There are over 30 positive studies which have shown that EMDR is able to accomplish therapy benefits that previously took years to accomplish with only a few treatments.
There are eight phases in EMDR therapy. For part of the session, eye movements or other bilateral stimulation are used. First, your clinician will determine which memory to target. The patient will be asked to use their eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision as they hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind.
The patient will experience internal associations and begin to process the disturbing feelings as they revisit the memory. When EMDR therapy is successful, there is a transformation of the meaning of painful events on an emotional level. A victim of some traumatic abuse can shift from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the belief that they are strong and have survived.
Patients successfully concluding EMDR therapy feel enabled by the very experiences that once debased or traumatized them. The individual is transformed as their psychological wounds are healed.
The most predictable outcome of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is that a patient’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior reach a healthy resolution without detailed discussions of the trauma or “doing homework” as used in other therapies.
Unlike talk-based therapy, the insights patients gain in EMDR therapy are not as much from the clinician’s interpretation but in the patient’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.
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