What is EMDR?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment modality that is clinical effective in the treatment of trauma and trauma-related issues.
The History of EMDR
EMDR was first developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D in the late 1980s, and it was initially used and studied during the clinical treatment of PTSD in Vietnam war Veterans as the result of combat exposure.
EMDR processing today involves the use of bi-lateral eye movements and/or other forms of tactile and sonic stimulation, and EMDR psychotherapy sessions are targeted toward processing and relieving the distress of painful past memories.
How it Works
EMDR is used to compassionately process painful memories by attempting to mobilize and reconnect neural networks, unblocking painful emotions, imagery, and bodily sensations that have been maladaptively stored in the unconscious, and allowing positive, comforting, present-day perceptions and emotion to become established.
Why EMDR Is Effective
The theory of the effectiveness of using EMDR in clinical psychotherapy presumes that past traumatic events can cause neural networks in the brain to lock-down on patterns, causing thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and bodily sensations that were part of an original traumatic response to be re-experienced in reaction to different events in the present time. This kind of trauma-related response can be present when a person reflects upon a recent upsetting event and understands its impact intellectually, and yet that individual still continues to feel unresolved emotional pain, negative self-beliefs, or a sense of being stuck.
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