EMDR therapy has shown through extensive clinical research to offer relief for people suffering from traumatic experiences and the negative memories those experiences produce.
EMDR or, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, has been used to treat many patients. Many report that it has helped them improve the way they think or feel in association with past traumas.
The ability of memory to shape our perceptions is often underestimated. Focusing on positive memories can inspire feelings of calm and joy. Conversely, focusing on negative memories can cause negative emotions that result in unwanted symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Usually, the emotions, whether good or bad, tend to fade. In some instances, however, the emotions related to difficult memories can continue to worsen. This is where EMDR therapy can help.
Continue reading to learn how EMDR treatment is and how it works. If you are interested in discussing with a trained Boca Raton therapist if EMDR can help you, please contact Morgan Center For Counseling & Wellbeing.
Eye Movement Desensitizing And Reprocessing Explained
EMDR is a specialized form of psychotherapy used to alleviate the negative emotions caused by memories produced from traumatic events. EMDR treatment was first discovered in the late 1980’s.
The method set a new precedent in the field of psychotherapy. It has become much more widely used in recent years by trained EMDR therapists all over the world.
Researchers are still trying to understand what makes EMDR treatment effective. Nevertheless, the guiding principles of this specialized form of psychotherapy are understood.
According to the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP), issues occur when an experience is inadequately processed. Although the brain is capable of handling adversity, some experiences prevent it from doing so effectively.
How EMDR Works
Experiences that are not properly processed by the brain can become similar to a “clog” that affects the brain’s natural processing abilities. In turn, this causes psychological symptoms to manifest.
What EMDR therapists do can be described as “desensitizing” the brain’s reaction in certain areas. This is done by accessing the left and right side to process a memory more effectively. There are a number of techniques used to achieve this.
Tapping, motions, vibrations, and sounds that alternate bilaterally are all techniques that are performed while the EMDR therapist asks the patient a number of questions as they guide them through the memory in question.
Who Benefits From EMDR Therapy
Many psychologists, therapists, and other mental health professionals have begun offering EMDR therapy as a nontraditional treatment method. Many people can benefit from EMDR.
People who are suffering from the debilitating effects of ongoing psychological trauma have found EMDR especially beneficial. It is a unique solution for PTSD treatment, grief counseling, trauma therapy, abuse, and more.
If you are interested in learning more about EMDR therapy from a Certified EMDR therapist in Boca Raton, please contact Morgan Center For Counseling & Wellbeing today.