Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective, evidenced based psychotherapy process that was developed to resolve past memories that were caused by traumatic and unfinished life experiences. EMDR therapy changes the way that the brain stores information. It puts the past in the past where it belongs which allows a person to think, feel, and behave differently in the present.
How does EMDR Work?
Sometimes when something bad happens to us, our brain retains the memories of these occurrences. The brain holds on to these memories in four ways:
- Picture or visual form
- Body sensations or physical feelings
- Cognitions or beliefs about ourselves and others
EMDR uses a structured approach to help individuals resolve the problems that result from such negative past experiences on these four levels.
Although originally developed to work with PTSD, current research validates that EMDR is successful in helping clients with many types of concerns, including:
- Histories of abuse
- Poor self-esteem
- Performance enhancement
- Relationship problems
What is an EMDR Session Like?
EMDR uses alternating sound, light or pulsations (bi-lateral stimulation) to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain. After careful preparation and targeting, the client is asked to think about images, sensations, emotions and attitudes that are associated with memories of painful life events.
During each session, as the dual hemispheric stimulation proceeds, changes in the brain occur that help the person enter a more evolved state of balance and well-being.
How Long Does Treatment Take With EMDR?
Stubborn emotional blocks often can be removed in a short amount of time. Clients are able to move out of the psychologically “stuck” experience where the past was constantly interfering with the present.
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