EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a kind of psychotherapy that aims to reduce unpleasant feelings associated with traumatic memories. Unlike most forms of conversation therapy, EMDR focuses on the unsettling emotions and symptoms that arise as a result of the traumatic incident. The therapist uses a hand motion approach to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing. EMDR is a contentious technique because it is unknown how it works, with some psychologists believing it is ineffective. EMDR Therapy, on the other hand, has been demonstrated in some trials to be useful in treating some mental-health disorders.
When Is It Used?
EMDR was created to address the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias. Some therapists use EMDR to treat depression, eating disorders, and chronic disease stress.
What You Can Expect
You will discuss your issues and symptoms with your therapist in the early stages of therapy, but you will not be required to share all of the facts of your experiences. Instead, your therapist will assist you in focusing on related negative thoughts and sensations that you are still experiencing, as well as determining which of these beliefs are still relevant and which you would like to replace with good thoughts and beliefs.
How Does It Work?
EMDR’s purpose is to properly digest prior events and sort out the emotions associated with those experiences. Negative ideas and feelings are replaced with positive thoughts and feelings that foster healthy conduct and social connections. Clients eventually learn to deal with stressful situations on their own.
EMDR demonstrates that the mind can heal from psychological trauma in the same way that the body heals from physical damage. When you cut your hand, your body strives to heal it. When a foreign substance or repetitive injury irritates the wound, it becomes infected and painful. Healing resumes once the stumbling impediment is removed. EMDR Therapy indicates that mental processes follow a similar sequence of events. The information processing system of the brain naturally gravitates toward mental wellness. The emotional wound festers and can cause great suffering if the system is obstructed or imbalanced as a result of the impact of a traumatic occurrence. Clinicians assist clients in activating their natural healing processes by using the thorough protocols and procedures learn in EMDR training sessions. Anyone can visit a psychiatrist despite their age.