What is EMDR?
EMDR(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy which utilizes rapid set of eye movements or sometimes hand tapping to help a patient work through past distressing and traumatic experiences. This type of psychotherapy mimics our sleep pattern by alternating between a set of eye movements and reports about what you are noticing. This helps the patient update his/her memories to a healthier present mindset.
What does treatment consists of?
- You have arrived to treatment expressing concerns.
- Your therapist will help you with your present concerns and how to manage them.
- A treatment plan will be developed that will help you meet your goals.
- During your treatment plan, EMDR, along with other therapy practices, will be used to achieve your goals.
- You will be asked several questions to determine and prompt the negative experience and the desired resolution.
- Sets of rapid eye movements will be exercised.
- You will be encouraged to “free associate” and let the brain work through the experience.
- Sets of rapid eye movements will be exchanged with brief reports about what you are experiencing.
- EDMR processing will continue until the past experience has been updated to a flexible present mindset.
Using what you’ve learned
- Once the traumatic experiences have been updated, you and your therapist will work together to incorporate these new observations and perspectives into your daily life.