Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. These conditions can cause individuals to feel anxious, depressed, and isolated and make it difficult to function in daily life. However, there is hope for those suffering from trauma and PTSD.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful and effective treatment that can help individuals to heal from their traumatic experiences.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed in the 1980s by Francine Shapiro. The therapy process involves using bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, sounds, or taps, to help the individual process traumatic memories and emotions.
During EMDR therapy, the therapist guides the individual through a series of specific steps, which include identifying the traumatic memory, experiencing the emotions and physical sensations associated with that memory, and then processing the memory in a new way.
The theories behind how EMDR works are not yet fully understood. But, Researchers suggest that EMDR therapy may help to release the emotional and physiological arousal associated with the traumatic memory, allowing the individual to process and integrate the experience in a new way. Additionally, it is proposed that EMDR provides access to the information processing system that is blocked by traumatic experiences, allowing the individual to process and integrate the memory in a way that is no longer distressing.
Healing trauma and PTSD with EMDR
Studies have shown that EMDR therapy is effective in treating trauma and PTSD in several controlled studies. The American Psychiatric Association recognizes EMDR therapy as an effective treatment for PTSD.
Several other professional organizations, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the World Health Organization, also recommend EMDR therapy.
EMDR therapy offers relief to individuals who have not responded well to other forms of therapy. Additionally, it can help individuals recover from trauma and PTSD in a shorter period of time than other therapies. Also, EMDR therapy is an adaptable therapy that can be used with different age groups, cultures, and presenting issues, making it more accessible to a wider range of population.
If you or someone you know is struggling with the aftermath of a traumatic experience, EMDR therapy may be an effective treatment option.
It is important to note that this therapy should be provided by a well-trained EMDR therapist and/or clinical psychologist who has undergone EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved training.
Seeking professional help is the first step toward healing, and EMDR therapy can provide the support you need to move forward.