What is EMDR?
EMDR therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, is an evidenced based effective therapy designed to help individuals heal from the lasting effects of trauma or past negative experiences. It was initially designed for the treatment of PTSD, but has shown to be an effective intervention for depression, anxiety, phobias, and more. EMDR rests on the assumption that non-chemically based mental health disorders are the results of negative life experiences that were not adaptively processed. EMDR consists of using bilateral stimulation (eye movement or taping) while focusing on distressing memories to allow the brain to reprocess the information from the event in an adaptive way. Effectively allowing you to heal and move on.
How do I know if EMDR is for me?
As I mentioned earlier, EMDR has grown to be a complete form of therapy in the sense that it can treat a wide range of presenting concerns. I would say the most frequent way I use EMDR therapy is for what has been dubbed “emotional flashbacks”.
what do I mean by that?
Well, for example, have you ever had an experience where a strong emotional reaction was triggered, and logically you couldn’t understand why? for example lets say you have a very difficult time getting feedback from your boss at work. Whenever you have a performance review, any feedback makes you feel like a personal failure. You find yourself totally overwhelmed with feelings of “not being good enough”. Or lets say whenever you go to a new social situation you experience a great deal of panic. On the one hand you know that there is probably nothing to worry about, but it’s like your body and emotions have a mind of their own and you find yourself feeling very panicky anyways. These are potentially emotional flashbacks rooted in past experiences that were not adequately processed.
If you are struggling with any of the issues below, EMDR may be a treatment option for you:
low self esteem
difficulty with emotional intimacy
difficulty with physical intimacy
lack of motivation
How long does EMDR therapy last?
I would say one of the greatest benefits of EMDR therapy, other than the fact that its highly effective, is its also know for achieving results much quicker than traditional talk therapy. While the time frame varies from individual to individual, EMDR treatment often helps people process through past traumas in weeks to months, as opposed to years. The length of treatment needed will depend on things like the severity and length of your trauma history, your internal and external resources, and motivation for treatment success.
Want to know more?
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