What is EMDR Therapy?
Research-Supported Effective Treatment
What does EMDR stand for?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a type of therapy, created by Dr. Robin Shapiro, that is now widely accepted as a research-supported, effective treatment for trauma and other adverse life experiences.
By dictionary definition, trauma is any event that has had a lasting negative effect. The word trauma often evokes images of those big events you see in the news. War veterans, survivors of natural catastrophes and terrorist attacks, these are the sufferers of trauma in media and society at large.
However, we all know people who have lost jobs, loved ones, even possessions and who have truly suffered as a result. When you lose your peace of mind, there can be serious physical and psychological consequences no matter what the cause.
How is EMDR different than talk therapy?
Many forms of therapy involve only talking about problems. One aspect of EMDR therapy is that you do not have to talk in detail about a trauma for it to be digested by your own information processing system in the brain. Rather than trying to talk through the problem, the processing occurs on a physiological level and allows new associations, insights, and emotions to emerge spontaneously. EMDR therapy involves a very specific set of procedures to support your brain's own healing mechanisms.
EMDR is the only type of therapy that can be done consecutively and still be effective. Multiple studies indicate that 84 to 90 percent of the people using EMDR—victims of rape, natural disaster, the loss of a child, catastrophic illness, or other trauma—have recovered from posttraumatic stress in only five hours of treatment (source).
If you are interested in learning more about doing EMDR in an intensive format, click here. This is an option for people who are looking to find relief from symptoms quickly in a safe way.
What kinds of problems can EMDR work for?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for:
post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
sexual and/or physical abuse
body dysmorphic disorders
How can I learn more about EMDR?
I am available to explain EMDR therapy more in depth if you are interested in it or we will collaboratively decide if it is a good fit for you during your appointment.
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