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EMDR stands for:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
An integrative therapy developed by Francine Shapiro in 1989, incorporating aspects of cognitive, narrative, mind-body, and relational therapies. EMDR has received international recognition and much acclaim amongst various fields of medicine.
SYMPTOMS that can be helped with EMDR;
Lifelike flashback due to PTSD
Other forms of traumas such as; rape, abuse, bullying or witnessing a violent incident and more.
Results of treatments:
Break out of unhealthy coping patterns.
HOW EMDR IS DONE:
The unique feature of EMDR is the bilateral stimulation used during sessions. Typically, the psychotherapist moves two fingers back and forth in front of the client while the client tracks the finger movements. Some therapists choose the use of other mechanisms to accomplish bilateral stimulation, such as moving lights, tones, or small buzzers held in each hand.
The EMDR protocol consists of two general phases:
2. memory reprocessing.
The first phase is the preparation for the second.
In the first phase, bilateral stimulation is utilized to develop and strengthen a person’s skills and resources so that s/he can manage strong emotions that may arise during the second phase of EMDR.
During the memory reprocessing phase, the therapist asks the client to bring up an image of a stressful or traumatic memory. The client tracks the bilateral finger movements, tones, or lights while simultaneously recalling the memory and experiencing the thoughts, emotions, and sensations associated with the original event.
Through the reprocessing sessions and the adaptive nature of the client’s mind and body, the original memory becomes re-integrated into a more coherent and corrective narrative. For example, prior to treatment, a client may have held the belief that s/he was responsible for past abuse, and at the end of reprocessing, the client’s belief may shift instead to an understanding that the perpetrator was responsible.
How Does it Work?
The two phases of EMDR are thought to be key to the treatments’ effectiveness – bilateral stimulation and what is termed dual awareness.
Bilateral stimulation works similarly to the eye movements that occur during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep when the brain is thought to process memories and learning into long-term memory networks. Bilateral stimulation likely facilitates the reprocessing / re-storage of the traumatic memory, such that the memory becomes less intense and distressing to the individual. Dual awareness simply means that while the individual is reprocessing a traumatic memory, s/he also is able to stay in the present moment experience, including being able to utilize support from the therapist.
The Preparation phase of EMDR, whether used by itself or in conjunction with memory reprocessing, is a powerful intervention tool and a treatment modality.
Many people suffer from cumulative woundings from the past, which causes the formation of negative belief systems:
e.g. I am inadequate, unworthy, etc, resulting in harmful coping patterns, such as chronic anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, and foster a fear-driven life that prevents an individual from being able to reach his/her full potential.
Resourcing work can be a powerful tool to help build integrated qualities such as confidence, self-acceptance, and calming skills that can allow an individual to break out of unhealthy coping patterns.