What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a psychotherapy approach primarily used to treat individuals who have experienced traumatic events. It was developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. EMDR therapy aims to help individuals process distressing memories and reduce the emotional and physiological responses associated with them.

During an EMDR session, the therapist guides the client through a series of procedures designed to access and reprocess traumatic memories. This typically involves recalling distressing memories while simultaneously focusing on external stimuli such as hand movements, auditory tones, or taps. These bilateral stimulations are believed to facilitate the processing of traumatic memories, allowing the individual to reprocess them in a more adaptive and less distressing way.

EMDR therapy follows a structured eight-phase approach, which includes history-taking, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation. Throughout the process, the therapist helps the individual develop coping mechanisms and positive beliefs to replace negative ones associated with the traumatic memories.

EMDR therapy has been shown to be effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders. It is also used to address a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, perfectionism, insecure attachment styles, negative beliefs about self, etc.

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