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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy   

Life coaching

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an effective treatment for trauma and stress. EMDR helps individuals reprocess traumatic or disturbing events and experiences to reduce their associated negative impacts.

 

During EMDR therapy sessions, the therapist guides the client through standardized procedures that involve conjuring up distressing memories while performing eye movements or other forms of bilateral sensory input. This bilateral stimulation activates both sides of the brain and aids in reprocessing traumatic memories in a healthier way.  

 

EMDR therapy follows eight phases:

1) History taking and treatment planning
2) Preparation 
3) Assessment 
4) Desensitization  
5) Installation  
6) Body scan  
7) Closure  
8) Reevaluation

During the desensitization phase, the client focuses on the memory while performing eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation. This helps reduce the distress associated with that memory and develop new and adaptive perspectives on it. The installation phase helps strengthen any positive thoughts and beliefs that emerge during reprocessing.   

EMDR has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and other mental health issues stemming from overwhelming life events and experiences.  While EMDR therapy does not "erase" memories, it can transform how a person relates to and is impacted by those memories.

 

Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures (2nd ed). New York: Guilford Press.

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