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EMDR Therapy: What It Is and How It Can Help

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a type of therapy that was developed to help people who have experienced traumatic events. Trauma can be caused by a wide range of events, including physical or emotional abuse, natural disasters, accidents, and combat. EMDR therapy can help people overcome the negative thoughts and feelings that result from these events, so they can move on with their lives.

How EMDR Therapy Works

EMDR therapy works by using eye movements, tapping, or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help people access and process the memories and emotions associated with their trauma. The bilateral stimulation is thought to help the brain process information more efficiently and effectively, so that people can work through their negative thoughts and emotions more quickly.

During EMDR therapy, the therapist will ask the person to recall the traumatic event and focus on any negative thoughts or emotions that come up. As the person does this, the therapist will guide them through a series of eye movements, tapping, or other forms of bilateral stimulation. The goal is to help the person process the traumatic memory in a way that reduces its power and negative impact.

Benefits of EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for trauma, as well as for other conditions such as anxiety, depression, and phobias. Some of the benefits of EMDR therapy include:

  • Reduced symptoms of trauma, such as anxiety and depression

  • Improved relationships and social functioning

  • Increased self-esteem and sense of control over one's life

  • Improved ability to cope with stress and difficult emotions

  • Greater insight into the causes of one's negative thoughts and behaviours

Is EMDR Therapy Right for You?

If you have experienced a traumatic event and are struggling with the negative thoughts and emotions that result from it, EMDR therapy may be a good option for you. However, it's important to talk to a mental health professional who is trained in EMDR therapy to determine if it is the right approach for your individual needs.

EMDR therapy is a highly effective treatment for people who have experienced trauma. By using eye movements, tapping, or other forms of bilateral stimulation, it can help people process their traumatic memories in a way that reduces their negative impact. If you are struggling with the effects of trauma, consider speaking with a mental health professional about whether EMDR therapy may be right for you.


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