EMDR

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is an information processing therapy developed by Francine Shapiro that combines elements of several other psychotherapies into a structured system designed to maximize treatment effects. It was developed in order to help resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing life experiences or memories, trauma-related disorders and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How does it work?

EMDR uses eight treatment phases to address the experiences that contribute to a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have laid the groundwork for different diseases or conditions, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, as well as the positive experiences needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.

During treatment, various procedures and protocols are used to address the entirety of an individual's issues. A procedural element known as dual stimulation will study bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. During the reprocessing phases, the client will attend to past memories, present triggers or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on something external-such as general direction from the therapist. Clients may experience new insights, resurfaced memories or new connections. The therapist will assist the client in focusing on appropriate material before initiation of each subsequent phase.

What are the ultimate results of EMDR?

Emotional distress related to memory may be greatly decreased or eliminated. The resulting emotional and cognitive development or alterations usually create spontaneous behavior and personal growth that can be further enhanced with continued EMDR procedures.



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