Everything You Need To Know About EMDR Therapy
What is EMDR therapy?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is an 8 phase approach to helping the brain’s natural ability to heal and move through difficult life experiences so your brain and body can stay present and clear – even when confronted with triggers and challenges.
EMDR is designed to activate this natural healing process in the brain through alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps.
EMDR therapy is proven to help heal adults and children from trauma or other distressing life experiences such as, but not limited to:
Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, chronic illness and medical issues, depression and mood issues,, disordered eating spectrum, grief+loss, physical and emotional pain, performance anxiety, PTSD and other trauma and stress related issues, sexual assault, harassment, sleep disturbance, substance abuse and addiction, violence and abuse.
How does EMDR work?
When we experience a traumatic event or a chronic physical or emotional health issues, our natural stress response is to put up a fight, flight, freeze, or numb out -all protective responses which can cause emotional blocks, feelings of overwhelm, and of feelings of being back in the moment and frozen in time.
EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume by working through all 8 phases, including utilizing the bilateral eye movement (or via something you can see, hear or touch) that occurs in a moving side-to-side pattern which it is most known for. History taking, building report with your therapist, preparing for BLS, working through BLS, and then making sure all of the difficult memories have been reprocessed are covered in these phases.
When the disturbing memories are then reprocessed by the brain, this allows the brain and the body to feel more calm and confident and in the present when a past memory is recalled.
A typical EMDR therapy session lasts from 60-90 minutes.
EMDR therapy may be used within a standard talking therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.
How is EMDR different from other therapies?
EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue, or homework between sessions. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than normal psychotherapy but as a trauma-informed team, we respect the time and pace of doing this work.
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