For some of my clients, especially those suffering from symptoms related to trauma, EMDR is a highly effective intervention. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. It was created by Francine Shapiro to assist in reducing traumatic symptoms and distress associated with disturbing or upsetting memories. There have been over 30 research studies on EMDR, showing EMDR to be significantly effective at relieving distress related to past events. According to the EMDR Institute, some of these studies show that 84%-90% of clients who experienced a single episode of trauma no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.
During the therapy sessions, I will walk you through a memory that has created pain, while you complete a set of eye movements or another means of bilateral stimulation (activation of both hemispheres of the brain). Typically sessions last 50 minutes. The purpose of the EMDR sessions is to change thoughts associated with the trauma in order to have an adaptive resolution of the experience in your mind.
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