EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference in a fraction of the time. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much in the same way as the body recovers from physical trauma.
EMDR originally developed for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the broadest sense, EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach intended to alleviate human suffering and to assist individuals to fulfill their potential for development, while minimizing risks of harm through its application. In an EMDR session you are invited to speak about the event(s) that have brought you into therapy in as much or as little detail as you feel comfortable. This is a distinct departure from other models of trauma resolution, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) which I have also been trained in and utilized for years before making the personal and professional decision to shift my focus toward utilizing what I find to be a gentler, more effective approach.
EMDR has been successfully applied for the treatment of other mental health problems beyond PTSD, as well as somatic symptoms, and many people find that it aids in performance enhancement and can lead to greater general wellbeing.
The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs your ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration using an eight-phase, three-pronged process. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
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