EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can be a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates rapid processing of psychological distress. It has helped people of all ages get relief from upsetting events or histories. The method often accelerates normal processing of upsetting experiences by neutralizing the emotionality of the event even through the memory remains intact.
When people are very upset the brain seems unable to process information in the ordinary manner and this difficulty can continue for years resulting in increasing difficulties. EMDR can be the catalyst for a person to successfully unlock the information and process events. This method of treatment is highly researched and has consistently demonstrated results quicker than traditional therapeutic techniques.
EMDR involves pairing the events with certain bilateral stimulation such as eye movements or tapping to create a dual attention focus. This actually helps a person to maintain a clearer focus on the troubling event. Through nonjudgmental, focused awareness clients are then able to access material, both in memory and emotionally, of traumatizing events in a manner similar to observing flashes of scenery while riding on a train. With the assistance of the therapist clients can often make changes to the memory associations moving from a place of trauma to a place of strength.
EMDR can be effective in dealing with anxiety, some depressions, self-esteem, post traumatic stress, disturbing memories, complicated grief, personal enhancement, and other issues. It does not work for everyone, but research indicates that it works with about 87% of the population. The total number of sessions needed varies with each client because everyone processes emotion differently.
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