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EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that aims to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It's based on the idea that traumatic experiences can sometimes get "stuck" in our brains, causing ongoing distress and influencing how we feel and behave in the present.

How it Works

  1. Assessment: Initially, your therapist will work with you to identify the specific memories or experiences that are causing you distress. Together, you'll explore how these memories affect your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

  2. Preparation: Your therapist will then guide you through relaxation techniques and coping strategies to help you manage any emotions that may arise during the EMDR process. It's important to feel grounded and safe before delving into traumatic memories.

  3. Desensitization: During the main phase of EMDR, you'll focus on a specific memory while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. This could involve following the therapist's finger movements with your eyes, listening to alternating sounds, or feeling tapping sensations. This bilateral stimulation helps to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain, facilitating the processing of the memory.

  4. Reprocessing: As you engage in bilateral stimulation, your therapist will encourage you to notice any thoughts, emotions, or physical sensations that arise. Through this process, the memory begins to lose its emotional intensity, and you may gain new insights or perspectives.

  5. Installation: Once the distress associated with the memory has been significantly reduced, your therapist will help you to strengthen positive beliefs and emotions related to the memory. This helps to integrate the new, more adaptive information into your self-concept.

  6. Closure: At the end of each session, your therapist will ensure that you feel grounded and emotionally stable before concluding. You'll have the opportunity to discuss any thoughts or feelings that emerged during the session

 

Benefits

 

EMDR can be highly effective in reducing the emotional distress associated with traumatic memories, allowing you to move forward with greater ease and resilience. Many people find that they experience significant improvements in their symptoms after completing EMDR therapy.

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