What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trama, including PTSD. EMDR is a set of standardised protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has help many thousands of people world wide, including those in conflict zones, of all ages relieve many different types of psychological distress.
EMDR Intervention - Eight Phases
The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Complete treatment of the targets involves a three pronged protocol (1- past memories, 2- present disturbance, 3 - future actions), and are needed to alieviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for improved mental health. "Processing" does not mean talking about it. "Processing" means setting up a learning state that will permit experiences that are causing problems/difficulties to be "digested" and stored appropriately in you brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored withappropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positve ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions feelings and behaviours are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong direction. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviours and interactions
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