EMDR therapy works by helping people process and reframe negative thoughts and emotions associated with past traumatic experiences. During an EMDR session, the therapist will guide you through a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation while you recall traumatic memories or negative thoughts. This process helps to reduce the intensity of negative emotions and reprocess the memory in a way that allows for healing and growth.
EMDR has been extensively researched and has been shown to be effective for a wide range of traumatic experiences, including combat-related PTSD, sexual assault, childhood abuse, and natural disasters. It has also been found to be effective for a range of other mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and phobias.
One of the key benefits of EMDR therapy is that it can be completed in a relatively short amount of time. While traditional talk therapy can take months or even years to see results, EMDR therapy can often achieve significant progress in just a few sessions. This can be especially helpful for people who are dealing with intense emotional distress and need relief quickly.
Overall, EMDR therapy offers a powerful and effective approach to healing from trauma and other mental health conditions. If you’re considering therapy and think EMDR might be right for you, I encourage you to speak with our licensed therapists who are trained in this modality to learn more about how it could benefit you.