eye movement desensitization reprocessing

the principle crucial to emdr practice, and consistently demonstrated is:

There is a system inherent in all of us that is physiologically geared to process information to a state of mental health

As we go through life negative situations or thoughts are sometimes processed incorrectly and influence instinctive behavior however unhelpful that is. emdr addresses the balance by using techniques to reprogram left right brain responses.

what actually is emdr?

The theory behind emdr therapy is bilateral stimulation using auditory or visual stimuli that tracks from left to right and back again. This is thought to emulate the psychological state that we enter into when in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Studies show that when in REM sleep we are able to make new associations between things very rapidly - emdr may be tapping into this high speed processing mode that we all have but often can't access.

Another way of thinking about emdr is that when we are in the midst of an issue the creative / emotional hemisphere tends to be more active than our more logical / stepwise hemisphere. Bilateral stimulation generates activity in each hemisphere equally and probably forces more communication through the corpus callosum (the bridge between the hemispheres).

The overall effect after treatment certainly seems to be that situations can be viewed more objectively and logically in situations where previously there had been emotional dominance.

what kind of problems does EMDR help?

  1. trauma (resulting from accidents, disasters, emotional distress) (PTSD)

  2. depression

  3. relationship problems

  4. anxiety based disorders including panic attacks

  5. obsessive-compulsive disorders

  6. phobias

  7. abuse (verbal, physical and sexual)

  8. self-esteem issues

  9. performance anxiety

  10. addiction and substance abuse

  11. eating disorders

  1. emdr is especially effective with children. It is capable of rapid results.

what happens in a session?

After taking a detailed history, the target issue is determined along with the negative belief attached. The positive goal is also determined and the changework takes place by initiating the desensitization (eye movements). Several sets of movements may take place in one session

The client is always brought to place of safety and calm positive frame of mind before the session end

Based on the work of Francine Shapiro, originator of EMDR