EMDR--A Breakthrough Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy helps people
heal from symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences. Over 30 studies show that with EMDR, people can more quickly experience the benefits of
psychotherapy that once took years!
It's widely assumed that severe emotional pain
requires a long time to heal. EMDR proves that the mind can heal more quickly from psychological
trauma, like the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to heal the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.
Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR activates a similar process in our minds.
We all have an information processing system in our brain that naturally moves us toward mental health, learning and growth. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using EMDR's detailed protocols and procedures, clinicians help clients activate their natural internal healing processes.
More than 35 positive, controlled-outcome studies demonstrate EMDR's effectiveness. Some
studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have PTSD after
only three 90-minute sessions! Another study, funded by Kaiser Permanente, found that 100%
of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD
after only six 50-minute sessions! In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12
sessions. These results are unsurpassed by any other therapy.
EMDR is recognized as an effective
form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing life experiences by the American
Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and many international health organizations. EMDR is also effective in treating the everyday memories of experiences that result in people having low self-esteem, feelings
of powerlessness, anxiety, panic, depression and all the myriad problems that bring them to therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians across the world use EMDR. Millions of people have been successfully treated over the past 25
years. Call now and experience what EMDR can do for you!
Details of EMDR Therapy
EMDR is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used
during three phases. Once the clinician determines the memory to target first, she asks
the client to hold aspects of that memory in mind while watching the
therapist’s hand move back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons
believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the same biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye
Movement (REM) sleep (when significant learning is known to occur), internal associations arise and the client begins processing the memory and
disturbing feelings. Accelerated learning occurs and previously disturbing memories no longer trigger distress. Clients often reports that it's like the memory has faded and is just a fact that once happened to them.
With successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed emotionally and cognitively. For
instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust when remembering the rape to feeling strong, confident and knowing, “I survived
it and I am strong.” Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR result less from
clinician interpretation than the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The
net effect is that clients complete EMDR feeling empowered by the very experiences that once
debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. The natural outcome of
EMDR is that the client's thoughts, feelings and behavior all robustly indicate
emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework needed in other
Don't you deserve to experience what EMDR can do for you? Call now. (619) 838-9209