I integrate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) into my psychotherapy practice. EMDR is an effective treatment for post traumatic stress, disturbing memories, panic attacks, anxiety, sexual and / or physical abuse, and phobias. Surgery and cancer patients, especially benefit from EMDR.
In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro noticed that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts. Dr. Shapiro went on to publish Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, giving the reader a thorough understanding of the model research and varied applications for using EMDR.
When a person becomes very upset, their brain cannot process information as it normally does. The experience stays ‘stuck’ and the trauma continues to feel as bad as when you were going through it the first time. These memories have a lasting negative effect, interfering with the way the person sees the world and relates to others. Following successful EMDR treatment, a person can still remember what happened, but it is much less upsetting. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the brain.
For further information and research see the EMDR International Association’s website: www.emdria.org.
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