What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?
When something traumatic occurs, the emotional impact of that event can linger far after the event itself is over. We can suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, negative thoughts, anxiety, panic, depression, and a host of other conditions and responses as a result – which interferes with our ability to live a happy, positive life.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, is a treatment developed specifically to help people deal with traumatic events in their lives and the emotional damage they can cause.
Learn how Cristina uses EMDR as a psychotherapist in Toronto to deal with symptoms caused by unresolved events in your life – giving you a fresh start.
How does EMDR work?
Psychologists have found that there is a connection between your feelings and something as simple as how your eyes move. Eye movement treatment has been shown to replicate what happens when you are in a certain stage of sleep in which your eyes move rapidly back and forth. This stage is suspected to help deal with the way your brain naturally processes trauma.
To take advantage of this phenomenon, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing was developed. This treatment is an eight-phase process that helps you face trauma in your past and work through the emotions and thoughts you have associated with it with the help of a psychotherapist in Toronto.
The phases include:
- Processing and history-taking
- Teaching imagery and stress reduction techniques
- Identifying a target with a vivid visual image
- Revealing a negative belief associated with the memory
- Discussing emotions and sensations
- Moving through sessions of eye movements, tones, or taps
- Refocusing on whatever thought, memory or feeling comes to mind
- Keeping a log and examining progress
A psychotherapist in Toronto will stimulate the client with taps, tones and eye movements to help the client form more positive associations within.
By facing the negative, encountering bad feelings, and focusing on the positive, negative associations can be broken down and positive ones built back up to replace them.
How it can help? How effective is EMDR? Does EMDR really work?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing can help people who have trouble with symptoms associated with past trauma. This usually includes things like depression, guilt, anxiety, panic, anger, flashbacks to the event, and difficulty sleeping.
People who benefit the most from EMDR suffer from conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sexual abuse, performance anxiety, addictions, phobias, and severe grief. Those who can cope with the often-difficult process of reliving past trauma could benefit from eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. A psychotherapist in Toronto like Cristina can help you determine if this treatment would be good for your case.
To learn more about this treatment – or see if you could benefit – consult with your psychotherapist in Toronto today. Call or email Cristina – and take the next step toward positive change in your life.