It was recommended by my Insurance Company as well as the Hospital to give this a try.I have done extensive research to make sure that I completely understand how it works and if its right for me. I am happy to say that I am going to give this a try. I want freedom from my past. This form of therapy sounds promising and has been thoroughly research and tested. I have found a EMDR therapist close to where I live. It means saying goodbye to my other therapist and that will make me sad as she is an awesome therapist. I will miss her greatly! though this information might be helpful for some of my readers.
EMDR therapy stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a type of psychotherapy. How EMDR works is part mystery, but the goal is to eliminate disturbing feelings associated with traumatic thoughts and memories. The memories are not forgotten, but after treatment, they no longer trigger an upsetting emotional response when brought to mind.
EMDR therapy was created by Dr. Francine Shapiro. In 1987, she observed that eye movement can lower the intensity of upsetting thoughts. The eye movement in EMDR has been compared to what happens when we dream, or experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
An EMDR Therapy Session
- A client brings to mind the problem thought or memory: what they felt, saw, heard, and were thinking when first experiencing it.
- While the client is focusing on the upsetting event, the therapist directs the client’s eyes to rapidly move from side to side.
- The client’s job is to notice whatever comes to mind during this process. Clients may feel strong emotions that usually diminish during the fifty to ninety-minute treatment.
- Sets of eye movements are repeated until the memory is less upsetting and has been connected to positive statements about the client (i.e., “I was only a child; I managed as best I could”).
Eye movements allow the brain to revamp memories by “melting” them for reprocessing. It is a bit like making changes on a digital photo, only the client must let the changes happen without directing them.
Problems EMDR Therapy Can Treat
- panic attacks, performance anxiety
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias
- dissociative disorders
- complex grief / anxiety issues
- trauma from physical or sexual abuse / PTSD
Studies have shown EMDR therapy to be effective and the results to be long lasting. It usually requires three to ten sessions to complete the process. Some EMDR therapists use tapping or audio sounds instead of eye movements, with good outcomes. EMDR therapy is sometimes used in tandem with “talking” psychotherapy. Make sure your therapist is EMDR certified