Eye Movement Desensitization
EMDR is a powerful method of psychotherapy that is used to relieve the negative effects of trauma in a person's life. These traumas may range from embarrassments experienced in childhood to severe traumas such as sexual or physical abuse. Traumas may be recent or historical. When a person is very upset their brain cannot process information, their experience becomes frozen in time, locked in their nervous system. Remembering the event may be as bad as the experience of the original event. These memories have a negative lasting effect on the person's self image and the way that the person engages the world.
"These memories have a negative lasting effect on the person's self image and the way that the person engages the world".
EMDR appears to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Using (DAS) dual attention stimulation of the brain, such as alternate tapping of the left hand then the right or audio stimulation in the left ear then the right, restores normal information processing in the brain
The EMDR therapist helps the client identify the focus of the session. The client calls to mind the disturbing event and focuses on the disturbing material, along with the images, feelings, and physical sensations of the original event. The therapist facilitates the (DAS), and checks with the client periodically through the process. The client allows whatever comes up for them to emerge without trying to control or alter the process. At the end of the session most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance caused by the situation.
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