EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. While that full form might be a mouthful, this wonderful psychotherapy approach is great for treating emotional distress that may arise from perturbing life experiences.
So, whether you suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic and anxiety attacks, or are having a hard time coping with grief and loss, trying out EMDR may be a great option. Today, we'll be taking a brief look at what this therapy is all about, how it works, and how effective it is.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Using bilateral eye movements (or other bilateral dual attention stimuli) we activate the information processing system in the brain, unlocking the original pictures, sounds, thoughts and feelings experienced during the traumatic event.
Once unlocked, the eye movements may help to process repressed trauma.
The key to healing is not walking towards the light, rather walking through the darkness within your mind, heart and soul. You have the power to turn darkness into light.
Together, we will identify the challenges (the mud) and will work towards transforming the suffering you feel into happiness. Together, we will watch you (the sacred lotus) bloom
EMDR intensives allow individuals to feel the pain and move through it in a swift and smoother manner rather than re-opening the wound every week.
Much like a spiritual retreat, EMDR intensives allow individuals to transform mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a short amount of time – anywhere from 2-5 days.
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How Effective is EMDR? Does It Really Work?
As per the EMDR Research Foundation, the EMDR therapy is fully validated and has been tested in more than 30 randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The institute also claims that just three 90-minute sessions were enough to cure around 84-90% of single-trauma PTSD victims. Talking about PTSD, the Department of Veterans Affairs also strongly recommends EMDR for the treatment of this anxiety disorder.
Traumatic experiences may have trapped you in a dark tunnel but don't be scared because there is surely bright light at the end of it. You just got to reach out for it!
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Who can benefit from EMDR intensive therapy?
EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:
Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
Chronic Illness and medical issues
Depression and bipolar disorders
Grief and loss
PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
Substance abuse and addiction
Violence and abuse