What Is EMDR?
EMDR is an acronym for a psychotherapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. 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, or sound-- which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
EMDR allows a client to process an emotional experience that he/she perhaps cannot yet talk about. Most importantly, it can eliminate stress surrounding the traumatic event, with the purpose of allowing new life in the once traumatized and emotionally difficult memory.
How Does It Work?
Typically, the therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. Different forms of bilateral stimulation may be used— including visual, tactile, sound, or “tapping.” As the client focuses on the memory in conjunction with the right/left stimulation, quick images arise and are processed, resulting in the painful feelings being exchanged for more neutral, peaceful and resolved feelings. For cases where the client is unable to dwell on the memory or talk about it, an alternate technique may be used allowing them to process subliminally, with less intensity.
What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?
High anxiety and lack of motivation
Memories of a traumatic experience
Fear of being alone
Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
Difficulty in trusting others
What is the History of EMDR?
Since the initial medical study in 1989, positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with the following populations:
People who have witnessed or been a victim to a disaster (rape, accidents, earth quakes, fires, murder, gang related violence
Clients suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Sufferers of panic disorders and anxiety attacks
Sufferers of phobias
Chemically dependent clients
Persons exposed to excess loss (loss by death, divorce, loss of a house by fire)
Crime victims and police officers who were once overcome with violent memories
Accident or burn victims
Although a fairly new therapeutic technique, EMDR has met with incredible success all across the county. EMDR is a natural process. The client and the therapist become partners on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked energy. Together they work to transcend and free up the energy, so the client can return to their natural grounded state of being.
Ask yourself the following questions to determine if EMDR would be helpful for you:
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Do you find it difficult to trust others?
Are you attracted to people who just aren't good for you?
Do you feel guilty without knowing why?
Are you in a painful relationship and can't leave?
Were you physically or emotionally abused as a child?
Do you experience?
Self-blame, self-consciousness, shame or guilt
Chronic or excessive anger, sadness
Indecisiveness, confusion, hard to think
Worry, anxiety, obsessive thinking
Unpleasant feeling, mood swings
Negativity, pessimism, irritability
If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then stress, anxiety, fear could be affecting your life and indicates you may benefit from EMDR