Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative and powerful therapeutic approach that has been well-researched and proven effective for its use in the treatment of trauma/PTSD (past or recent traumas). Additionally, EMDR is used for people who struggle with addictions, phobias, anxiety and depression. EMDR processes emotional distress such as memories, thoughts, feelings, fantasy images and body sensations move along an adaptive path and returns the person to a state of equilibrium, with new insights and peaceful resolution of the issues/events involved. Old ways of understanding experiences along with the negative beliefs about yourself get stuck in the nervous system, a kind of “narrow lens” that limits how you interpret relationship interactions and life experiences including how you feel about yourself. EMDR helps to reduce or eliminate the emotional charge attached to upsetting incidents and memories held in the mind-body creating measurable changes in the emotional centers of the brain (amygdala to hippocampus connection), as well as in the nervous system. The memory remains, but the negative response is neutralized. The theory and practice of EMDR is predicated on the principle that basic health and held truths reside within us all.
EMDR is not hypnosis. You will not go into a trance or lose conscious control. Although EMDR is a simple procedure, it cannot be casually applied. Due to its powerful nature,
it is essential for EMDR to be administered by a licensed mental health practitioner in the context of psychological treatment.
Like hypnosis, EMDR seems to work with the unconscious mind, bringing into consciousness the repressed thoughts and feelings that must be experienced again in order to release their energetic hold on the person.
Only practicing, licensed psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers and counselors may receive EMDR training. These are the only mental health professionals qualified
to use EMDR therapy with clients. A clinical background is necessary for proper application of the EMDR technique. This is a highly specialized method that requires supervised training for therapeutic effectiveness and client safety.
Please visit EMDRIA.com for more information on EMDR and the healing aspects of it.
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