EMDR is a complex psycho-therapeutic technique that combines features of experiential, cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral and relational therapies. It uses a form of bilateral stimulation (eye movements or auditory or kinesthetic stimulation) to work with your natural healing capacity. EMDR is used within a comprehensive treatment program provided by a licensed and trained clinician who is experienced in working with your issue or concern. EMDR is not related to hypnosis.
There are different theories as to how EMDR works. One theory suggests that it is the creation of a dual focus (memory and bilateral stimulation) that is the healing agent. EMDR appears to assist your brain in appropriately ‘digesting’ and learning from your life experience.
EMDR is one component of an integrative therapy. After gathering the necessary background information and establishing a good rapport with you, your therapist will introduce you to EMDR. The actual EMDR experience is a little different for everyone as it is partly determined by your natural healing capacity. Your therapist will work closely with you, using your thoughts, emotions, body sensations and memories to keep the process on track.
To date numerous controlled studies of EMDR have been completed, making it the most intensively researched of any method for the treatment of trauma.
EMDR has been used successfully to enhanced personal strengths and to treat:
- Excessive anger
- Post-traumatic stress
- Dissociative conditions
- Complicated grief
- Sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
- Anxiety, panic, and phobias
As with any form of therapy, you are in charge with EMDR. Disturbing memories or sensations may be evoked during EMDR and your therapist will work closely with you to help you manage these productively. At any time you are free to stop the process and talk with your therapist about your needs.
John Walker, Susan Anderson and Peggy Chen are trained in the therapeutic use of EMDR.
More information available at www.emdr.com