* post traumatic stress disorder
* personality disorders
* panic attacks
* complicated grief
* dissociative disorders
* disturbing memories
* pain disorders
* eating disorders
* performance anxiety
* stress reduction
* sexual / physical abuse
* body dysmorphic disorder
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
During EMDR therapy sessions, you relieve traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movement.
EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response.
Over time, this technique is believed to lessen the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you.
What is an EMDR session like?
You and your therapist will choose what bilateral stimulation works best for you including, tapping, using EMDR technology or hand movements. The therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session. The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about the event. Your therapist will begin bilateral stimulation or move his or her fingers back and forth and ask you to follow these hand motions with your eyes. Gradually, the therapist will guide you to shift your thoughts to more pleasant ones. Before and after each EMDR treatment, your therapist will ask you to rate your level of distress. The object is that your disturbing memories will become less distressing.
How long does it take?
One or more sessions are required for the therapist understand and the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. The therapist will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the method. Once therapist and clients have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for the specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin. A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes the type of trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.