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|What is EMDR? (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)tm|
--Herbert Fensterheim, Cornell University
EMDR provides "a way for people to free themselves from destructive memories and it seems to work, even in cases where years of conventional therapy have failed."
--Hugh Downs, 20/20, ABC News
"Now, when I talk about what happened to me, it's definitely reality, but the fear is not there anymore....It's astounding. I've been given a portion of my life back."
--Emily G., victim of abduction and rape, quoted in American Health
EMDR is a powerful method of psychotherapy. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated 2 million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological problems including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, body image issues, and childhood trauma.
We know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does in ordinary circumstances. One moment becomes "frozen in time" and merely thinking about a traumatic event may feel as bad as experiencing it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven't changed. Such memories have lasting negative effects that interfere with the way a person sees themselves and the world and the way they relate to others.
Studies show that EMDR has a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. Following successful EMDR sessions, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings of the stressful event when the event is brought to mind. EMDR appears to work like REM sleep so it is considered a physiologically-based therapy that helps a person reprocess disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. This typically brings substantial emotional relief and a more positive perspective of self.
One or more sessions are required to understand the nature of the problem and decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. The type of problem, life circumstances and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. EMDR may be used within standard "talk therapy" or as a treatment all by itself.
For more information contact Sue or visit the EMDR Website: www.emdria.org
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