Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

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EMDR is a novel, unorthodox kind of psychotherapy that aims to reduce unpleasant feelings associated with traumatic memories. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses on the unsettling emotions and symptoms that follow the traumatic event rather than the event itself. The therapist uses a hand motion approach to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing. EMDR is a contentious technique because it is unclear how it works, with some psychologists believing it is ineffective. EMDR, on the other hand, has been demonstrated in some trials to be useful in treating some mental-health disorders.

You will discuss your issues and symptoms with your therapist in the early stages of therapy, but you will not be required to share all of the facts of your traumatic experience (s). Instead, your therapist will help you in focusing on connected negative thoughts and feelings that you are still experiencing, as well as determining which of these beliefs are still relevant and which you would like to replace with positive thoughts and beliefs. You will learn ways to help you deal with upsetting feelings. Your therapist will then take you through the desensitization process. You will follow the therapist’s back-and-forth finger movements with your eyes while recalling an unpleasant or traumatic event. The goal of this strategy is to help you thoroughly process your unpleasant feelings and recognize that you no longer need to hold on to some of them. Future sessions will focus on reinforcing and developing positive feelings and beliefs until you can recall the traumatic event without experiencing the negative that led you to therapy in the first place.

Look for a certified mental health practitioner with specialized training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and trauma-focused Look for a therapist, social worker, professional counselor, or other mental-health professional who has extra training and certification in EMDR. One source of certification is the EMDR International Association. Furthermore, it is critical to locate a therapist with whom you feel at ease.

Anyone who has had a single or repeated experience of sexual, physical, or mental EMDR was created to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias. Some therapists use EMDR to treat depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, sexual dysfunction, and chronic disease stress.

EMDR’s purpose is to properly process prior experiences and sort out the emotions associated with those experiences. Negative thoughts and feelings that are no longer effective are replaced with positive thoughts and feelings that will foster healthy conduct and social connections. Clients eventually learn to deal with stressful situations on their own. The eight stages of EMDR therapy are as occurs:

1) Medical history and treatment strategy

2) Preparation, in order to build trust and thoroughly explain the treatment.

3) Evaluation, in order to detect negative feelings and positive replacements.

4) Desensitization, which involves the eye movement technique, is the fourth step.

5) Installation, in order to reinforce positive replacements

6) Body scan to evaluate if the client can now recall trauma memories without experiencing negative feelings that are no longer relevant, or if reprocessing is required.

7) Closure, which occurs at the end of each session

8) Re-evaluation, which occurs at the start of each session

What is the next step?

If you or someone you love is considering individual therapy or counseling, please contact Through The Forest Counseling. We are a team of professionals who have the expertise to help.

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