How Does EMDR Work?

In spite of the large body of definitive research on EMDR,

there is no consensus as to how EMDR creates such impressive results. It is known that in upsetting circumstances, the brain cannot fully process the emotional and cognitive distress at hand. Some hypothesize that the disturbing memories, and the conscious or unconscious beliefs that go with them, get trapped in short-term memory. In this theory, it is believed that the bilateral stimulation somehow moves the memory, and accompanying beliefs, from short-term into long-term memory centers, where it can become just another non-debilitating memory.

Brain research is growing at such a rapid pace that our understanding of the healing mechanisms of EMDR is rapidly expanding. Whatever the mechanism is, many people report that life-long distress shifts as a result of EMDR therapy — that their memories are still there but the pain they had carried for so long is relieved. For these people, their relationship to their memories has profoundly changed. Of course, EMDR may not be effective for everyone, but for many it is a breakthrough process that can accelerate therapy.

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The short-term benefits of EMDR can be immediate —

letting go of the emotional burden of trauma and upsetting memories. In the longer term, EMDR can facilitate the freedom to create the life you seek.

EMDR is treatment worth exploring if you have experienced
Childhood abuse and neglect,
Loss of a loved, one or dream, or relationship,
Phobias (for instance, fear of flying, travel, insects, etc.),
Anger or fear of anger,
Witnessing trauma,
Physical, sexual or emotional abuse,
Performance fears,
Social anxiety,
Car accidents,
Inability to make desired changes,
Sleep problems,
Artistic blocks.

If you seek EMDR Therapy,

be certain your therapist has been professionally trained in the modality. Except for some clinical graduate programs, EMDR training is offered only to licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors and social workers. Guidelines for this training recognize the necessity of having EMDR therapists be experienced practitioners.

Beyond the EMDR Basic Training, I have chosen to continue my training and have become an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist. EMDRIA stands for the EMDR International Association.

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