EMDR was originally developed to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias. Some therapists also use EMDR to treat depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, sexual dysfunction, and stress caused by chronic disease.
In the early stages of therapy, you will discuss your problems and symptoms with your therapist, but you won’t necessarily have to reveal all the details of your traumatic experience(s).
Instead, your therapist will help you focus on related negative thoughts and feelings that you are still experiencing and decide which of these beliefs are still relevant and which ones you would like to replace with positive thoughts and beliefs.
You will learn techniques to help you deal with disturbing feelings. Your therapist will then guide you through a process known as desensitization. While keeping the memory of a painful or traumatic event in mind, you will follow the therapist’s back-and-forth finger movements with your eyes.
The purpose of this technique is to help you fully process your negative feelings and begin to recognize that you no longer need to hold on to some of them. Future sessions are devoted to reinforcing and strengthening positive feelings and beliefs until you get to a point where you can bring up memories of the traumatic event without experiencing the negativity that brought you to therapy in the first place.
The goal of EMDR is to fully process past experiences and sort out the emotions attached to those experiences. Negative thoughts and feelings that are no longer useful are replaced with positive thoughts and feelings that will encourage healthier behavior and social interactions.
Ultimately, clients learn to handle stressful situations themselves. EMDR therapy occurs in eight phases:
Research now suggests that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy can help relieve the stress and anxiety related to trauma. The American Psychological Association has approved EMDR as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Allowing individuals to think about a certain traumatic event from a detached perspective allows an individual to reframe the memory and release all negative associations with the memory.
Overall, the goal of EMDR is to completely process past events and sort out the specific emotions tied to those experiences.
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In addition, we can connect you with highly structured sober living facilities and the ability to bring one’s pet with them to therapy. For more information about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for substance abuse as well as our other addiction recovery services, contact us at any time at (844) 720-8869, 24 hours a day, to speak with an admissions coordinator. You can also reach us through our contact form.