What will you choose: therapy that lasts 5-10 session or therapy that lasts 30-50 sessions with the same results? I’m sure that everybody who counts money will choose the first one.
ЕMDR – Еye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a short term method of psychotherapy that is widely recognized as one of the most effective ones when working with trauma.
In 2013 the World Health Organization practice guidelines stated that trauma-focused CBT and EMDR therapy are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents, and adults with PTSD "(EMDR) should be considered for people suffering from PTSD. These techniques help people reduce vivid, unwanted, repeated recollections of traumatic events. More training and supervision is recommended to make these techniques more widely available."
Who EMDR can help?
How does EMDR work?
In the brain people process all information. Behind this lies natural mechanism of forming neuro connections among neurons. When one experiences traumatic situation information about it is stored in brain and after processing turns into life experience.
Sometimes processing does not happen. If for example traumatic experience happens in the childhood, when brain was not developed enough to successfully process it, if trauma repeats or if it’s too painful to process.
In that case brain “hides” negative information and refuses to process it. This helps to survive trauma at the moment. But information that was not processed causes ongoing agitation and activation of some brain areas (see picture below). This causes nightmares, bad memories, obsessive thoughts and other PTSD symptoms.
Brain before EMDR / Brain after EMDR (red areas – are ones that are activated by trauma experience)
Purpose of any psychotherapy is to help person to elicit negative experience from the unconscious and then process it.
Since “hidden” information causes additional trauma when you elicit it, you need to spent substantial amount of time facing resistance – unwillingness of brain to stir unwanted sensations. Regular psychotherapy takes long time to gradually elicit and process information what often accompanies with painful sensations.
EMDR therapy minimizes this unpleasant side of the process. Desensitization lowers sensitivity level so that brain “does not fear to process” and launches regular processing mechanism.
Information connected with trauma with each set of motions (technic being used in EMDR) starts rapidly move in neuro paths, until it will be dissolved – integrated with positive information that person has. As the result person has memory of the event, but does not have painful reaction to it anymore.
I’ve seen this wonderful method in use, and as certified EMDR therapist recommend it to use when you need to process traumatic experience that you have. It works well in both online and offline sessions. Contact me now to set up and appointment.