EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an effective form of therapy to treat trauma-related anxiety disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (PDS).
It can be effective against certain complaints, such as:
- Fear of failure;
- Panic complaints;
- Negative self image;
- The consequences of an accident;
- Sexual violence or abuse
- A violent incident.
A certain event can deeply affect someone’s life. Sometimes the traumatized person can experience flashbacks to the shocking event, creating re-experiences and nightmares.
In this case, the memories contain a negative emotional charge. EMDR therapy aims to remove those negative emotional charges.
EMDR should not be confused with IEMT. You’ll find more information about their differences in the following post: What is the difference between EMDR and IEMT?
How does EMDR work?
During an EMDR therapy session, the memory of a trauma is raised, while, at the same time, the therapist distracts the patient by using certain stimuli, such as lights and hand movements.
After each set of stimuli, the therapist will ask the patient what comes to their mind. EMDR can trigger an entire stream of thoughts and images, but can also induce feelings and physical sensations. Often, something changes in your feelings. Those changes are used for another treatment.
Eventually the memory will lose its power, and the emotional charge will fade or disappear entirely. If the session has been successful, you’ll still have the memory of the trauma, but you will no longer be tormented by the emotion that used to be connected.
I hope this information has been helpful to you. I wish you all the best with your own journey of self-improvement. To retrieve positivity and joy again
But above all, to love yourself.