What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a very powerful form of psychotherapy.
Since its inception in the 1980s, it has been a widely used treatment to relieve psychological turmoil and has helped
2 MILLION PLUS people of all ages around the world. Over 100,000 clinicians are trained in it and practice it worldwide.
It is one of the most empirically valid and successful treatments for people who suffer from PTSD, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, PHOBIAS, PANIC ATTACK, TRAUMA, GRIEF & OTHER INTENSE EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS. Given that these conditions are very difficult and time-consuming to treat, EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief. It has been widely researched as effective for PTSD and trauma with up to 100% effectiveness for single trauma and 77% for those with multiple trauma.
When people are experiencing these conditions the only thing they seek is relief from extreme pain and peace with their past, and EMDR brings that possibility to fruition almost immediately than most traditional forms of talk therapy.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES EMDR MOSTLY TREAT?
EMDR was developed as a treatment for traumatic memories and research has demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD. Those suffering from major traumas such as sexual or physical assault, combat experiences, accidents, or the sudden death of a loved one can be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if certain symptoms exist. These include intrusive thoughts of the event; nightmares or flashbacks; avoidance of reminders of the incident and increased arousal, which can include problems such as sleep difficulties; angry outbursts; being easily startled or having difficulty concentrating.
Research has also indicated that medically unexplained physical symptoms, including fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, and pain can also go along with this disorder. Anyone suffering from PTSD can benefit from EMDR therapy.
However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in the treatment of the following conditions:
Sexual, Physical and/or Verbal abuse
Body dysmorphic disorders
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF EMDR THERAPY?
Research studies show that EMDR is very effective in helping people process emotionally painful and traumatic experiences. When used in conjunction with other therapy modalities, EMDR helps move the client quickly from emotional distress to peaceful resolution of the issues or events involved. Studies consistently show that treatment with EMDR results in the elimination of the targeted emotion. The memory remains, but the negative response neutralizes. The short-term benefits of EMDR are simple and straightforward – the possible immediate relief of emotional distress and the elimination of the debilitating effect of unresolved past trauma.
Frequently asked questions
IS EMDR A 1 SESSION CURE?
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE?
HOW MANY SESSIONS WITH THE THERAPIST BEFORE (S)HE BEGINS EMDR?
IS EMDR THE SAME AS HYPNOSIS?
HOW DO I KNOW EMDR WOULD WORK FOR ME/FOR FOR MY ANXIETY/PROBLEMS, ETC.? AM I A CANDIDATE FOR EMDR?
WHAT CAN EMDR DO FOR ME?
If stressful, negative experiences hit us when we are vulnerable, and we don’t receive the support and safety we need, the emotional and negative beliefs about ourselves can become “stuck” in our brains and debilitates our being when certain triggers happen as we go through life. At the time of the trigger we experience the same distress, pain, and sensations that we felt at the time the incident/experience happened. EMDR is very good at getting us “unstuck.” As the infographic above shows how our brain stores the distress before EMDR and how the information gets reorganized after EMDR to help us come up to date with who we are today and want to be as supposed to being stuck in the past. EMDR helps “unlock” the prison, allowing our brain to return to a healthy state. Figuratively speaking, you are then free to move, stretch your wings, and fly.
DO I HAVE TO USE EYE MOVEMENTS? (I WEAR CONTACTS/HAVE EYE ISSUES)
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, which can be achieved by :
WILL EMDR CAUSE MEMORY LOSS?
For an extensive list of empirically valid and reputable research towards the efficacy of EMDR: