Psychotherapy Methods

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR and eye movement therapies (bilateral stimulation) change maladaptive neural networks by connecting traumatic memories to new information. Frozen sensations in the body are released as empowering thoughts and emotions emerge during processing.

The goal of EDMR is to help you to process your traumatic memories in a very natural way by fostering connections between your brains memory networks. This can help you to learn and move on from trauma as opposed to being stuck in and endless loop of thoughts and emotions from the past.

After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights or headphones is used instead. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements.

Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.

Together, you and your therapist will process the disturbing memories from your past. Along your journey you will acquire many new insights, tools and resources. You know that you have processed your traumas when you no longer get triggered emotionally and you are grounded more in your authentic self. EMDR is an exciting and rewarding experience, but expect to work hard!

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