EMDR is an emotional trauma therapy that effectively decreases and often completely eliminates the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with childhood trauma, war zone or combat trauma, serious accidents, physical or emotional abuse, victimization by crime, rape or other forms of personal assault. After EMDR treatment, clients often report significant improvement in symptoms of severe anxiety (panic attacks), acute and chronic stress. What is EMDR?
Emotional trauma of any origin can significantly affect the brain’s natural ability to process information. One or more traumatic moments can become “frozen in time,” and remembering one of those moments may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings have not changed. Such memories can have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way he/she relates to others. Problems treated with EMDR
EMDR treatment can have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, and following a successful EMDR session a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. The event is still remembered, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. How does EMDR work?
The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD. EMDR was also found to be effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies.
One or more sessions are required for me to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. I will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the method. Once the client and I have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin. A typical EMDR session lasts 90 minutes. A course of at least six sessions is recommended for effective results. The 8-phase treatment protocol