Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
How does EMDR Therapy work?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s for the treatment of traumatic memories and related psychological symptoms.
The theory behind EMDR is that traumatic experiences can become “Stuck” in the brain, causing a person to experience symptoms such as anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares. EMDR is based on the adaptive information-processing model which aims to help the brain reprocess these memories and restore its natural healing process.
During the EMDR session, the therapist guides the client through a series of eye movements, or other forms of bilateral stimulation (such as tapping or hand movements) while they recall the traumatic memory. This process is intended to stimulate both sides of the brain and help the brain to process memory in a more adaptive way.
What issues can EMDR Therapy help?
– Anxiety, Panic attacks, and Phobias
– Eating disorders
– Grief and loss
– Trauma and PTSD
– Sexual assault
– Sleep disturbance
– Substance abuse and addiction
– Violence and abuse
What are the benefits of EMDR Therapy?
EMDR has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of trauma and PTSD, such as flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety.
EMDR has been found to produce results more quickly than traditional talk therapy, with some individuals experiencing relief from symptoms after just a few sessions.
Increased Emotional Regulation
EMDR can help individuals learn to better regulate their emotions and manage distressing feelings related to past traumatic events.
EMDR can help individuals develop a more positive self-image and increase their sense of self-worth.
Conjunction with other Therapies
EMDR can be used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family System (IFS) or other modalities to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment.
Can be Adapted for Different Age Groups
EMDR can be adapted for use with children and adolescents, as well as adults.