Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) helps with the treatment of traumatic events or adverse life experiences and associated beliefs. EMDR is comprehensive and effective. It provides results in a short period of time and requires that the client take charge of themselves by utilizing the techniques taught throughout the eight phases of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
Consisting of eight phases, both the client and therapist identify potential targets for EMDR processing. The first phase of treatment is looking into situations for answers as to why these experiences caused emotional disturbance.
The second stage involves providing stress reducing techniques that encourage the client to cope with emotional distress positively and productively. Phases three through six identify the target memory or issue and uses EMDR procedures to process it. EMDR processing requires moving the eyes back and forth while following the therapist’s fingers for 20 to 30 seconds or more. The client focuses on the image, negative thought, and body sensations that he or she is feeling at the time.
Once the man, woman or child reports no distress related to the targeted memory, he or she is asked to identify a positive belief and once again engage in the eye movements. The seventh stage involves keeping a journal and reminding the client of self-calming activities discussed earlier in treatment.
The last stage involves re-evaluation of previous work and progress since the previous session.
Find out if EMDR is a recommended form of treatment for you. Pick up the phone and call me or send me your questions by email. I’ll explain the process in greater detail to you after you express interest in it.
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