What is EMDR and How Does it Work?

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the 1980s. It is used to treat individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) andother mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

EMDR is based on the idea that our brains are naturally able to process and heal from difficult experiences. However, sometimes our brains get stuck in a “frozen” state, unable to fully process and integrate these experiences. This can lead to persistent symptoms of distress, such as flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and negative beliefs about oneself or the world.

How Does EMDR Work?

During EMDR therapy, the therapist guides the individual through a process of recalling a traumatic event or negative belief while simultaneously engaging in some form of bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping. The goal of this process is to help the individual’s brain fully process and integrate the experience, leading to a reduction in distress and an increase in positive beliefs.

EMDR has been extensively researched and has been found to be effective in treating PTSD and other mental health conditions. The American Psychological Association, the World Health Organization, and the American Psychiatric Association, among other major organizations recognize EMDR as an effective treatment intervention.

However, it is important to note that EMDR is not a standalone treatment and should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is also important to work with a trained and qualified EMDR therapist in order to fully benefit from this treatment.

EMDR has been found to be effective in treating PTSD and other mental health conditions. It can be an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals struggling with the effects of trauma and other difficult experiences.

Southeast Psych Nashville has a number of skilled therapists who are trained and experienced in using EMDR. If this is an intervention you want to consider for yourself or a loved one, call 615-373-9955 to explore the options.

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