What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.
EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories is such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR International Association.
The S.A.F.E. EMDR Method
Somatic and Attachment Focused (S.A.F.E.) EMDR is a method of approaching EMDR that allows you to leave your past in the past where it belongs so that you can move forward with your life. It based on the deep interconnected nature of the body and mind. By connecting holistically to your body you can explore how your body has been effected by deep emotional wounds and learn to release past abuse, and mistreatment, or exposure to traumatic events in your family, community or work environment.
What does EMDR help?
EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment for so many issues that I could not list them all. Here are just a few:
- Mindset Blocks
- Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Dissociative Orders
- Disturbing Memories
- Secondary Trauma
- Complex Trauma
- Performance Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Low Self-esteem
- Stress Reduction
- Pain Disorders
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Personality Disorders
None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?
Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional belief that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?
If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.
Contact me today for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.