Friday, 4 December 2015

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Method

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method psychotherapists use to treat a number of symptoms and problems that clients bring to them. EMDR therapy uses eye movements to stimulate memory networks in the brain to promote psychotherapeutic healing. Below are answers to commonly asked questions about EMDR. It can be used as a short term targeted treatment or within a longer term therapy.  If you think EMDR at might be able to help you. 

EMDR is a phased, scientifically validated, and integrative psychotherapy approach based on the theory that much of psychopathology is due to traumatic experience or disturbing life events. These result in the impairment of the client’s innate ability to process and to integrate the experience or experiences within the central nervous system. 

The core of EMDR therapy involves activating components of the traumatic memory or disturbing life event and pairing those components with alternating bilateral or dual attention stimulation. This process appears to facilitate the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach can result in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, diminution of distress from the memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

It is hypothesized that the EMDR procedure causes neural networks holding a traumatic memories to connect with memory networks holding more adaptive and positive information. When a traumatic event occurs thoughts, images, emotions and sensations related to the event are stored together. For more information visit the site .

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