Reconnect, Process, and Release with EMDR
EMDR is a very powerful treatment tool and is now a comprehensive theory of psychotherapy. It stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. The theory is based on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model that states the brain processes memories every day, taking them to resolution and learning from them. However, in the case of trauma, the AIP system does not work properly and the disturbing memory is stored dysfunctionally in the neural networks in the brain. EMDR allows us to access those disturbing memories and let the AIP system in the brain finish processing the memories, which can lead to permanent healing.
Clients can expect to spend time completing various assessments to determine suitability and readiness for EMDR. We spend time building coping mechanisms and resources to be able to cope with any disturbance that may come up during treatment. A full trauma history is taken and specific targets to re-process are identified. These target memories are then reprocessed which allows the disturbing characteristics of traumatic memories to be resolved and new, healthier beliefs about the self can be installed. EMDR focuses on the past memories, current triggers, and future scenarios.
EMDR has been thoroughly researched for the treatment of PTSD and has repeatedly been shown to be very effective. Research on the utility of EMDR for the treatment of other mental health disorders is ongoing, but looks very promising.
EMDR is now being utilized in the treatment of:
Compulsive Eating and Eating Disorders
Emotional or Psychological Abuse
For more comprehensive information about EMDR:
You can also watch EMDR being used to treat a number of issues on Youtube.com
Sample Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpRQvcW2kUM
20/20 Report on EMDR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTLLfdcJE0Q
Resources for EMDR clients:
Safe Space Exercise – with Butterfly Hug https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npNegFO1l00
Light Stream Technique – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizVehwXD6I
EMDR meditation – paper boats – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szDj0UVzrdo
Letting Go of Stress (Emmett Miller, M.D, 1998) – digital download available for purchase on Amazon.com
Container and Imagery Audio Downloads – available for purchase at https://trauma101.com/?pID=30
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