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Counseling Services - Mind, Body & Spirit
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It has also been found to effectively reduce or eliminate other disorders that originate following a distressing experience. Other disorders that may benefit from EMDR include anxiety, depression, phobias, compulsions, pain, and body image disturbance.
When traumatic and distressing experiences are not fully processed, the initial perceptions, emotions, and distorted thoughts will be stored as they were experienced at the time of the event. Unprocessed experiences become the basis of current distressing reactions. EMDR facilitates the accessing of the traumatic memory network, so that information processed is enhanced with new associations forged between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information.
After successful treatment with EMDR, emotional distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, physiological arousal is reduced, and new cognitive insights are developed.
During EMDR the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Therapist directed lateral eye movements are most commonly used but a variety of other stimuli including hand tapping and audio stimulation are often used.
See www.EMDR.com for further information