EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, is a psychotherapy approach used to treat individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological disorders. It was first developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro.

The basic premise of EMDR therapy is that traumatic experiences can become “stuck” in the brain, causing distressing symptoms to persist. By using bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, hand taps, or auditory tones, EMDR therapy aims to help the brain process and integrate these traumatic memories so that they no longer trigger intense emotional reactions.

EMDR therapy has gained recognition and popularity over the years, and numerous clinical studies have been conducted to evaluate its effectiveness. According to the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), over 30 randomized controlled trials have been published, along with numerous other studies and reviews.

These studies have demonstrated the efficacy of EMDR therapy in treating not only PTSD but also a range of other conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, and addictions. The World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, and other reputable organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment for PTSD.

Additionally, the EMDR Research Foundation is dedicated to promoting research on EMDR therapy. They provide grants to support scientific studies and publish research findings to further establish the evidence base for EMDR therapy.

Overall, the extensive number of clinical studies conducted on EMDR therapy supports its effectiveness as a treatment for various psychological disorders. It continues to be widely utilized and respected within the mental health field.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an amazing type of therapy that helps people recover and heal from traumatic and other very distressing life experiences. Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events but sometimes experiences don’t process properly on their own. EMDR therapy is a way of helping the brain utilize that natural healing process and resolve past events so they are no longer bothersome or getting in the way of healthy functioning.

EMDR was discovered in the late 1980’s by an amazing Psychologist named Dr. Francine Shapiro. Since being introduced in 1989 EMDR has become the most researched and the most effective trauma therapy. It is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors are the result of unprocessed traumatic and disturbing memories. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, or being back in the moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

Another nice aspect of EMDR therapy compared to other types of trauma therapy is that it doesn’t require talking in detail about traumatic or distressing events in order to reprocess them. Some disclosure and discussion are necessary to activate the memory networks, but the more personal details can remain just that, personal and need not be said out loud or disclosed to the therapist.

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