The EMDR International Association defines EMDR Therapy in the following way –
“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.” To read more about the different phases of EMDR therapy and how it looks like in session – click here.
I am a member of EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and I use EMDR for treating phobias, PTSD, sexual abuse trauma and attachment trauma. It can also be used for transforming our limiting core beliefs in a variety of settings.
Briefly, EMDR Therapy works on the model that some of our presenting issues can be traced back to memories from our past, which did not get “digested” or processed properly, by our brain’s information processing system. This would likely happen if the memory was experienced as being traumatic. EMDR aims to reprocess these unprocessed memories, by helping the client experience the past memory and the present moment simultaneously, using certain techniques.
It is important to note that trauma can have powerful effects on our psyche and our bodies, regardless of how big or small it looks from the outside. For example, being verbally humiliated in class by a teacher at the age of 8, might have equally harmful effects, as someone getting physically assaulted at the age of 15.
Regardless of its efficacy, EMDR is not suitable for all clients and it needs to be carefully and collaboratively introduced to the client, by a licensed, trauma-informed therapist. Contact me for a 30-min phone consultation and we can talk about EMDR Therapy and how it can help you.