~ EMDR ~
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro in 1989 and repeated studies of EMDR therapy show that it is highly effective in treating trauma. While it has been believed that trauma takes a long time to treat and heal from, research has shown that EMDR can decrease the healing time and improve the treatment outcome.
It has been discovered that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain's information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
When a traumatic event happens, it is often locked or trapped in the brain causing us to continue to experience the effects long after it is gone. The thought or memory is fused with the emotional experience. We may get "triggered" by a new event and respond to it based on our reaction to our past traumatic event. This can lead to continued distress or result in additional problematic life experiences.
How doe EMDR Work?
During EMDR Therapy the therapist uses bilateral stimulation (right/left eye movement or tactile stimulation) which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. Distressing images and feelings are re-processed by the brain via the bilateral stimulation reducing their lingering effects and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.
The EMDR technique is most effective when used in conjunction with other traditional methods of therapy in treating these and many other emotional disorders.
What are some of the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?
Memories of a Trauma or Traumatic Experience
Grief and Loss