What is EMDR Therapy?
"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches." - EMDR International Association (https://emdria.site-ym.com/page/emdr_therapy?)
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy technique that was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1989. Since its inception, it has been widely researched and proven to be effective for many conditions including, but not limited to :
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What you can expect from EMDR:
EMDR seems to help with adaptive memory processing which can result in symptom relief while the memory is still retained. After successful EMDR treatment, clients often report a sense of empowerment, increased self-confidence, clarity about their decisions and life directions, improved relationships, better connection to their inner wisdom, as well as absence or decreased level of emotional disturbance from traumatic memories. The EMDR procedure seems to rely on our intrinsic wisdom and our mind's natural inclination to health and balance, and clients are often surprised by how fast their trauma is resolved.
Of course, everyone is different in the nature of their trauma and the level of resources they have, so no specific result is guaranteed. These differences are taken into consideration during preparation stage and appropriate treatment plan will be made according to the assessment results. EMDR is a powerful tool that needs to be used skillfully and with care.
EMDR sessions can often be more effective in longer sessions. When this is recommended, it will be discussed beforehand. Contact me if you are curious about EMDR therapy and want to explore more.