EMDR is a scientifically proven therapeutic approach to treating trauma and helping alleviate the pain of traumatic memories. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This type of therapy targets disturbing memories that lead to anxiety, depression, impaired functioning, and other symptoms of trauma so help you can reprocess what happened to you and begin to live your life again.
EMDR therapy utilizes principles of neuropsychology such as bilateral brain stimulation to treat trauma and PTSD. EMDR has been vastly studied and has been proven to be effective by extensive research. It is a highly systematic technique to help you get free from the painful traumatic experiences that have been preventing you from living the life you want to live. Read below to find out more about therapy EMDR sessions.
HOW EMDR WORKS
Through EMDR therapy, we will gently help you access painful traumatic memories that are stored deep within the brain’s neural pathways of long-term memory. After bringing these memories to the surface, we use bilateral brain stimulation techniques such as light tapping in order to reprocess the painful memories so that they no longer negatively “charge” or activate you. Essentially, EMDR therapy transforms the traumatic memories so they are stored in a different part of the brain, which transforms your experience of these memories. Through this therapeutic technique, these memories no longer impair you and you will begin to free yourself from your grip.
EMDR is now accepted as a treatment of choice by numerous mental health departments and trauma organizations. It has a broad base of published case reports and controlled research that supports it as an empirically validated treatment of trauma and other adverse life experiences:
- The Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Practice Guidelines have placed EMDR in the highest category, recommended for all trauma populations at all times.
- The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies current treatment guidelines have designated EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD.
- The Departments of Health of both Northern Ireland and Israel have indicated EMDR to be one of only two or three treatments of choice for trauma victims.
- The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline has stated that SSRI’s, CBT, and EMDR are recommended as first-line treatments of trauma.
- The World Health Organization has stated that trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents, and adults with PTSD. Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive cognitions related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework.