Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.
EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies.
EMDR attends to the past experiences which have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.
During Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) treatment various procedures and protocols are used to address the entire clinical picture. One of the procedural elements is “dual stimulation” using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. During the reprocessing, phases the client attends momentarily to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on a set of external stimulus. During this time, patients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations. The clinician assists the patient in focusing on appropriate material before initiation of each subsequent set.
EMDR TREATMENT THERAPY CAN HELP WITH
EMDR Is A Proven, Research Based Therapy That May Help Patients With The Following Types Of Problems and Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Physical/Sexual Abuse
- Phobias/Fears/Panic Attacks
- Anxiety Disorders
- Complicated Grief Issues
- Substance Abuse
- Pornography Urge Reduction
- Sexual Addictions
- Trauma Associated With Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Performance Anxiety
- Personaility Disorders
Additional Areas Specific To Young Children And Adolescents
- Attachment Issues
- Witnessing Domestic Violence
- Intra-Familial Child Sexual Abuse
- Disruptive Behavioral Disorders
- Conduct Disorders
- Issues Surrounding Divorce