Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapeutic approach for treating the disturbing experiences that underlie many pathologies.
Through the use of dual-attention sensory stimulation, EMDR enables an individual to access memory that is stored with original thoughts and feelings and allow them to be reprocessed to a more adaptive resolution. Thus, traumatic events or experiences become progressively less potent and have a diminished capacity to affect adversely the feelings or thoughts you may have about yourself.
We are the product of all our life experiences, both good and bad. Through EMDR you can learn to strengthen positive and growth-oriented experiences and weaken the hold that negative life events may have in your life.
EMDR is a recognized effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has also been used successfully in the treatment of anxiety, depression, phobias, and a history of abuse, anger, and dissociative problems.
Individuals considering EMDR will first have a complete psychiatric evaluation, including a detailed history surrounding the traumatic events, an assessment of strengths and vulnerabilities. They are taught strategies to help control their emotional reactivity. They are then led through the 8-phase EMDR protocol to address their presenting problems.
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