What Is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful psychotherapy technique that helps people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress and many other emotional problems.
Until recently, these conditions were 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 for most types of emotional distress.
EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.
The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the brain's opposite sides, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system.
As disturbing images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye-movement patterns of EMDR, resolving the issues and a more peaceful state of mind and body are achieved.
How Does It Work?
The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, and any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from the client's face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. Or asks you to cross your arms and tap your upper arm one and then the other. The more intensely you focus on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.
What problems are helped by EMDR?
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
Trauma- PTSD-loss of a loved one- injury of a loved one- car accident -fire- accidents- assault- robbery- rape- natural disaster- injury- illness- witness to violence- childhood abuse - victims of violent crimes- depression- anxiety or panic- phobias- fears- childhood trauma- physical abuse- sexual abuse-Anger- panic attacks- low self-esteem- relationship problems-performance and test anxiety- trouble sleeping-cravings.
EMDR therapy can help clients replace their anxiety and fear with positive emotions and thoughts.