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What Is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  With national success rates up to 90%, studies show that EMDR can achieve the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. 

 

EMDR has been extensively researched and developed, and studies consistently show that EMDR effectively decreases or eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder for the majority of clients.

How does it work?

EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

 

Traumatic/Stressful incidents are stored differently in the brain than non-traumatic experiences.  The emotions, thoughts and sensory perceptions, which were appropriate at the time of the trauma, can be triggered throughout the person’s life at times when trauma is not present.

 

EMDR assists clients in reprocessing traumatic incidents so they can be stored more functionally in the memory as solely a memory.  EMDR also assists clients in uncovering the beliefs that developed as the result of the traumatic incidents, and helps them to remove these negative beliefs.  The EMDR therapist assists the client in replacing the negative beliefs with positive, adaptive beliefs about themselves.

 

Dana Carretta is an EMDRIA certified EMDR Therapist.

 
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