EMDR Psychotherapy: Treating Trauma, Phobias & PTSD

12/09/2023, Healing Holidays

What is EMDR and how does it work?

EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that has been proven to be effective in treating traumatic memories, phobias, and panic. The technique is based on the idea that trauma or unpleasant experiences can cause strong emotions and behaviours. EMDR helps to target these negative thoughts and feelings by stimulating the brain with rapid eye movements (REMs). Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be very potent in helping people recover from disturbing events in their lives.

What will the session feel like?

During an EMDR session, the therapist will ask the patient to recall distressing images while generating REMs, typically by following the therapist's finger moving back and forth. This bilateral stimulation helps to reduce the intensity and impact of the traumatic memories. EMDR can be beneficial for those suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias. Although the process may bring up painful memories, the outcome often leads to significant improvement and relief from distressing symptoms.

Who would benefit from it?

EMDR has also shown efficacy in helping individuals suffering from anxiety. Anxiety often roots from past unsettling experiences or deeply ingrained negative beliefs about oneself. With the use of bilateral stimulation, EMDR helps to reprocess these distressing memories, changing the way they are stored in the brain, and consequently reducing anxiety symptoms. However, as with any therapeutic intervention, individual responses can vary and it's crucial to have open discussions with your therapist about your progress and any concerns you may have during the treatment process.

It's important to consult with a licensed EMDR professional who can guide you through the process and assess if EMDR is the right treatment for your individual circumstances.

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