Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Do you have negative thoughts that won’t go away?
Are there times when you feel or tell yourself?
• I’m a failure
• I’m abandoned
• I’m powerless
• I’m unimportant
Have you experienced a traumatic event in your life that you just can’t seem to move past? Are you ready to try a revolutionary new approach to therapy that will rapidly accomplish what traditional talk therapy takes years to process?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type a therapy that helps individuals with emotional difficulties that are caused by emotionally disturbing life experiences from traumatic events to upsetting events from childhood.
We will work with your emotions, thoughts and body feelings as we heal your distressing memories and negative thoughts. The use of EMDR will allow you to access your own internal healing system to the point where you will feel great again. Those negative thoughts and feelings won’t bother you anymore.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information
Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session; a person no longer relives the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is no longer as upsetting. EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.”
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL EMDR SESSION LIKE?
You will call to mind the disturbing issue or event, what you saw, felt, heard, and thought etc. Then you will talk about what thoughts and beliefs you currently have about that event. While you keep that in mind, we will begin the eye movement as you watch a light bar. Many people find the light bar to be quite relaxing. As you watch the light bar and think about the disturbing incident your mind will gradually begin to let go of the pain connected with the memory. As your brain processes the information it gradually heals and the memory will become less disturbing, eventually positive thoughts will replace the negative thoughts.
We will continue with sets of eye movements until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.” During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.
We will need to have a couple of sessions before we decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. We can discuss EMDR more fully and your questions about the method will be addressed. A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 – 90 minutes. It depends on the type of problem, life circumstances and the amount of previous trauma to determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. EMDR may be used within a standard “talking” therapy, as adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.
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