What is EMDR?

EMDR

 

 

How Does it Work?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an effective and efficient psychotherapeutic treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other trauma related disorders.

 

How Long Does it Take?

EMDR is a very efficient treatment for traumatic memories.  Reprocessing and relief from symptoms associated with the memory can occur within a single session, although it is common to take between 2 – 5 sessions.

 

How Does it fit in with Psychotherapy?

Although EMDR has its origins though eye-movement exercises, the principles at work have been expanded to other, more effective means.

 

EMDR works through the process of Alternating, Bi-Lateral Stimulation – which simply means: stimulating the left and right hemispheres of the brain back-and-forth.  The “Stimulation” can come from looking at an object or light through one eye and then the other, or holding an object with the left and then right hand.  MICA therapists use Thera-Tappers, which are held in your hands and vibrate.

 


 

What is a Typical Treatment Plan?

MICA therapists that use EMDR, integrate it within the context of the overall therapy.  Good therapy begins with a good assessment.  All MICA clients begin with a diagnostic assessment, usually in the first session.  If trauma reprocessing is a goal, and EMDR is recommended, your therapist will discuss the treatment process with you.

The first sessions typically involve exercises that teach both the body how to relax, and the mind how to recognize tension versus relaxation.  When ready, clients visualize the traumatic memories while holding the Thera-Tappers.  As the brain begins to process the memories in a new and non-threatening way, the emotions associated with the memories change.  The result is that the memories no longer hold the same emotional power.

 

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