EMDR is an acronym for a psychotherapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies. The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, or sound, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
EMDR allows you to process an emotional experience that you cannot yet talk about, yet following a EMDR session find an ability to talk about it freely. Most importantly, it can eliminate stress surrounding the event, with the purpose of allowing new life in the once stressful and emotionally difficult memory.
When disturbing experiences happen, they are stored in the brain with all the sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that accompany it. When a person is distressed and upset, the brain seems to be unable to process the experience as it would normally. Therefore, the negative thoughts and feelings of the event are "trapped" in the nervous system. Since the brain cannot process these emotions, the experience and/or it’s accompanying feelings are often suppressed from consciousness. However, the distress lives on in the nervous system where it causes disturbances in the emotional functioning. The EMDR Technique does two very important things. First, it "unlocks" the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and second, it helps the brain to successfully process the experience.
Research studies show that EMDR is very effective in helping you process emotionally stressful, disturbing, painful and traumatic experiences. When used in conjunction with other therapy modalities, EMDR helps move you quickly from emotional distress to peaceful resolution of the issues or events involved. EMDR sessions work amazingly fast. Processing even the most difficult memories can be achieved in a fraction of the time it would have taken with traditional therapy. Traditional therapies often focus on memories from the unconscious mind, and then analyze their meaning to gain insight into the problem. EMDR helps you also acquire valuable insights during therapy, but EMDR can short-cut the process and go right to the releasing stage.
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
Thanks to the on-going success of EMDR therapy for hundreds of thousands of people, it is not difficult to have high expectations for a therapy program that includes the EMDR technique. The short-term benefits of EMDR are simple and straightforward, the immediate relief of emotional distress and the elimination of the debilitating effect of unresolved past trauma. The longer-term benefits of EMDR therapy include the restoration of each client’s natural state of emotional functioning. This return to normalcy brings with it a greater sense of personal power, more rewarding relationships and a more peaceful life. The positive, long-term results of EMDR therapy affect all levels of your well-being- mental, emotional and physical, so that your responses return to normalcy and health. Studies consistently show that treatment with EMDR result in elimination of the targeted emotion. The memory is remains but the negative response is neutralized.
We will work gently with you, guiding you to revisit the disturbing incident. When the memory is brought to mind, the feelings are re-experienced in a new way. EMDR makes it possible to gain the self-knowledge and perspective that will enable you to choose your actions, rather than feeling powerless over your re-actions. This process can be complex if there are many experiences connected to the negative feelings. The EMDR therapy sessions continue until the traumatic memories and emotions are relieved. At every stage of the treatment we deal with you in a compassionate, understanding and caring way with the aim to help you get better fast.
On this video presented here, Russell Brand and Jameela Jamil discuss openly and frankly (some swearing is present) how EMDR Therapy actually did help Jameela Jamil find that her feeling of pain did actually be relieved by the use of this therapy treatment.