WHY TRY EMDR?
Have you attended therapy and feel like you are stuck? Or have you attended therapy for months or years and aren't able to get rid of an unwanted knee jerk reaction? It's likely you have unprocessed trauma that affects the way you think and respond. For example, if something happened that made you feel unwanted or unlovable, when this same thought, feeling, or physical sensation gets triggered you are likely responding from a multitude of experiences that fed the negative cognition or thought of being unlovable. Hence, your reaction may seem to be an "over reaction." EMDR works to get rid of the negative cognition and replace it with a healthy more adaptive cognition; "I am lovable." So in the future your reactions can better match the existing situation rather than the past trauma. EMDR processes the past trauma so that it can still be recalled but without the intensity of reliving the situation, feelings, or sensations of the original event.
WHAT IS EMDR?
It is a unique therapy to help client's reprocess traumatic memories, images, feelings, and physical sensations. It utilizes bilateral stimulation to assist the client to access traumatic memories while staying grounded in the present day. There are different techniques for bilateral stimulation, with the most common being eye movements.
What is bilateral stimulation? Good question. Bilateral stimulation is attention given to an external stimuli (visual, auditory or tactile) which occur in a rhythmic right-left pattern. For example, visual bilateral stimulation could involve watching a hand or moving light alternating from right to left and back again. It is powerful way to engage both "sides" of the brain; logic and emotions.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
For additional information. see the EMDRIA.org website
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