What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Now you know why we call it EMDR. It is a recognized psychotherapy for people suffering from trauma. Everyone from PTSD sufferers, bullying victims, sexual assault, to childhood injustices of all kinds can benefit from this therapy. The process involves a series of guided discussions and guided eye movements. During these sessions clients generally gain insight into the issue and experience changes in memories and new associations with those memories.
The therapy has been established for a series of 8 sessions, but most clients see relief after their first session.
EMDR can change your life in minutes
In the first session we assess your readiness for EMDR, develop a treatment plan and identify possible objectives. These could be recent distressing events, current situations that elicit emotion, or historical incidents. We also begin to develop specific skills for future situations.
In the second phase we identify coping skills you can use for handling emotional distress. If you are in a stable state you’re ready to go to the next phase. If not we work to develop the stress reducing skills needed. One of the goals is to not need these skills once therapy is complete.
Identification and Treatment
Specific targets are identified
- You may be asked to describe the most vivid visual image related to your memory of an incident
- You may have a negative belief about yourself
- You will be asked to identify and rate related emotions and body sensations about these events and feelings
- You will also be asked to identify and rate a positive belief
Once these have been identified you will be asked to focus on the image, negative thought and body sensations while moving your eyes back and forth following my fingers as they move across your field of vision for approximately 30 seconds. The use of eye movements is the most common, but sometimes we use-auditory tones like tapping. You will be asked to notice what happens, then to let your mind go blank, then to again notice whatever thought, feeling, image, memory or sensation comes to mind. During this process I will guide you to focus on other areas. If you become distressed during the process I will ask you to think of the preferred positive belief that you previously identified.
Following several sets patients report a feeling of increased confidence in the positive belief.
Following the treatment session described above you will be asked to keep a journal to document anything that reminds you of the self-calming activities mastered during treatment.
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