EMDR Therapy Process

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy offers lasting relief from various kinds of emotional distress.

The Anatomy of an EMDR Session at ETC

During your Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy session, your therapist will ask you to revisit a disturbing or traumatic incident that is negatively affecting your life. You will need to recall the feelings, negative thoughts, and memories associated with this particular incident or moment. As you visualize this incident, you will receive bilateral stimulation by allowing your eyes to follow a light or your therapist’s fingers, simulating the movement that takes place in the REM state when you are dreaming. While you focus on the lights, your eye movements process these images. This reprocessing results in the exchange of painful feelings for more loving, peaceful, and resolved feelings.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy affects the way your brain processes information

After a successful EMDR session, you will no longer relive the sounds, images and feelings associated with the traumatic incident or moment that we focused on. You will still remember the event; however, it will be less upsetting to you. Your EMDR therapy session has essentially rebooted your brain concerning these past disturbances. This allows you to view them in a new, less distressing way.

Benefits of the EMDR Process

EMDR Therapy offers numerous benefits for individuals receiving treatment. It is particularly effective in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by helping individuals process and integrate traumatic memories in a healthier way. Clients often experience a significant reduction in the intensity of distressing thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations associated with traumatic events. This therapy can also lead to improved self-esteem and the development of positive beliefs about oneself, replacing the negative beliefs instilled by trauma. Additionally, EMDR can enhance emotional regulation and coping skills, allowing individuals to respond more adaptively to stress and triggers. Over time, clients may experience overall improvements in mental health, including reduced anxiety and depression symptoms, and an enhanced sense of well-being and empowerment in their daily lives.

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