Have You Experienced a Traumatic Event?
Are you struggling with disturbing memories, nightmares, and flashbacks? Have you been struggling with depression, anxiety and/or panic attacks? Do you feel angry, irritable and unable to control outbursts? Are you suddenly overwhelmed by memories or sensations related to something you thought was long over?
Are you unsure if what happened was traumatic, but know that you are finding it difficult to cope?
No matter what happened or how it is affecting you today, EMDR therapy can help.
Ready to Feel Normal Again?
What Is Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that is designed to treat trauma by reducing unpleasant emotions, disturbing thoughts, and other negative reactions associated with traumatic events.
Dr. Francine Shapiro developed this form of trauma therapy in 1987. To date, EMDR remains one of the best validated and researched treatments for trauma and emotional distress and is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the World Health Organization.
How Does the Treatment Work?
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. During the initial phase, your clinician will take a thorough background history and begin creating a target sequence plan—an overview of previous experiences and memories that negatively impact you today and contribute to any current symptoms. During the preparation phase, the therapist will assess a client’s readiness to move forward with treatment. The therapist will educate the client on how trauma impacts the brain and provide an overview of the EMDR process. The client will also learn mindfulness and grounding techniques to help reduce stress.
During the next phase, the client is asked to hold different aspects of the targeted memory in mind, then bilateral stimulation (through eye movements, buzzers, tapping, or sound) is used to stimulate reprocessing. This process is believed to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep when memories are processed in the brain. Some clients describe the process as feeling like a lucid dream or watching a movie of events from their life. In successful EMDR therapy, past memories become less disturbing and the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. Unlike other forms of therapy, the insights that clients gain in EMDR therapy result less from clinician interpretation, and more from the client’s own accelerated mental and emotional processes. EMDR can be successfully used in conjunction with other forms of psychotherapy.
What Are the Benefits?
EMDR remains one of the most researched psychotherapeutic treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. There have been numerous controlled studies demonstrating its effectiveness in helping people heal traumatic memories. Perhaps, one of the biggest benefits of EMDR is the ability of clients to heal in a much shorter time than with other forms of psychotherapy.
Counseling Connections & Associates' EMDR Providers
To learn more about EMDR or to schedule an appointment please call us 402-932-2296.