EMDR is an integrative and comprehensive evidence-based psychotherapy shown to successfully treat stressor related difficulties and Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), without the need for detailed disclosure of difficult events. EMDR contains several elements of many effective psychotherapies including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centred therapies.
In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in using EMDR as treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms, including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, chronic pain, performance anxiety, stress reduction, addictions, abuse, body dysmorphia, and personality disorders.
The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of mental health disruption and pathology is due to the encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences in the brains neuro-networks. This can impair ones ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner and can result in a wide range of symptoms that can interfere with daily functioning.
While many assume that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal, with EMDR many people find relief rapidly. EMDR therapy reveals how the mind can heal from psychological trauma in a similar way to how the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body naturally works to heal the wound. If a repeated injury or unhealthy environment irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. However, Once the would is cleaned and kept in an optimal environment or healing, the wound scabs and heals. In this same way, EMDR therapy demonstrates a sequence of events in mental processes. The brain’s innate information processing system naturally moves us towards an adaptive way of functioning. Yet, if the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing has resume. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training, therapy can activate and optimize this natural healing processes.
This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers —all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.
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