Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR   (Eye   Movement   Desensitization   and   Reprocessing)   is   a   psychotherapy   that   enables   people   to   heal   from   the   symptoms   and   emotional   distress   that   are   the result   of   disturbing   life   experiences.      Repeated   studies   show   that   by   using   EMDR   therapy   people   can   experience   the   benefits   of   psychotherapy   that   once   took years   to   make   a   difference.   It   is   widely   assumed   that   severe   emotional   pain   requires   a   long   time   to   heal.      EMDR   therapy   shows   that   the   mind   can   in   fact   heal   from psychological   trauma   much   as   the   body   recovers   from   physical   trauma.      When   you   cut   your   hand,   your   body   works   to   close   the   wound.      If   a   foreign   object   or repeated   injury   irritates   the   wound,   it   festers   and   causes   pain.      Once   the   block   is   removed,   healing   resumes.      EMDR   therapy   demonstrates   that   a   similar   sequence of   events   occurs   with   mental   processes.     The   brain’s   information   processing   system   naturally   moves   toward   mental   health.      If   the   system   is   blocked   or   imbalanced by   the   impact   of   a   disturbing   event,   the   emotional   wound   festers   and   can   cause   intense   suffering.      Once   the   block   is   removed,   healing   resumes.      Using   the   detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. More   than   30   positive   controlled   outcome   studies   have   been   done   on   EMDR   therapy.      Some   of   the   studies   show   that   84%-90%   of   single-trauma   victims   no   longer have   post-traumatic   stress   disorder   after   only   three   90-minute   sessions.      Another   study,   funded   by   the   HMO   Kaiser   Permanente,   found   that   100%   of   the   single- trauma   victims   and   77%   of   multiple   trauma   victims   no   longer   were   diagnosed   with   PTSD   after   only   six   50-minute   sessions.   In   another   study,   77%   of   combat veterans   were   free   of   PTSD   in   12   sessions.   There   has   been   so   much   research   on   EMDR   therapy   that   it   is   now   recognized   as   an   effective   form   of   treatment   for trauma   and   other   disturbing   experiences   by   organizations   such   as   the   American   Psychiatric   Association,   the   World   Health   Organization   and   the   Department   of Defense.   Given   the   worldwide   recognition   as   an   effective   treatment   of   trauma,   you   can   easily   see   how   EMDR   therapy   would   be   effective   in   treating   the “everyday”   memories   that   are   the   reason   people   have   low   self-esteem,   feelings   of   powerlessness,   and   all   the   myriad   problems   that   bring   them   in   for   therapy.   Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy.  Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years. EMDR   therapy   is   an   eight-phase   treatment.      Eye   movements   (or   other   bilateral   stimulation)   are   used   during   one   part   of   the   session.      After   the   clinician   has determined   which   memory   to   target   first,   he   asks   the   client   to   hold   different   aspects   of   that   event   or   thought   in   mind   and   to   use   his   eyes   to   track   the   therapist’s hand   as   it   moves   back   and   forth   across   the   client’s   field   of   vision.      As   this   happens,   for   reasons   believed   by   a   Harvard   researcher   to   be   connected   with   the biological   mechanisms   involved   in   Rapid   Eye   Movement   (REM)   sleep,   internal   associations   arise   and   the   clients   begin   to   process   the   memory   and   disturbing feelings.   In   successful   EMDR   therapy,   the   meaning   of   painful   events   is   transformed   on   an   emotional   level.      For   instance,   a   rape   victim   shifts   from   feeling   horror and   self-disgust   to   holding   the   firm   belief   that,   “I   survived   it   and   I   am   strong.”      Unlike   talk   therapy,   the   insights   clients   gain   in   EMDR   therapy   result   not   so   much from   clinician   interpretation,   but   from   the   client’s   own   accelerated   intellectual   and   emotional   processes.      The   net   effect   is   that   clients   conclude   EMDR   therapy feeling   empowered   by   the   very   experiences   that   once   debased   them.      Their   wounds   have   not   just   closed,   they   have   transformed.   As   a   natural   outcome   of   the EMDR   therapeutic   process,   the   clients’   thoughts,   feelings   and   behavior   are   all   robust   indicators   of   emotional   health   and   resolution—all   without   speaking   in   detail or doing homework used in other therapies.
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR      (Eye      Movement      Desensitization      and Reprocessing)    is    a    psychotherapy    that    enables people      to      heal      from      the      symptoms      and emotional     distress     that     are     the     result     of disturbing    life    experiences.        Repeated    studies show    that    by    using    EMDR    therapy    people    can experience    the    benefits    of    psychotherapy    that once   took   years   to   make   a   difference.   It   is   widely assumed   that   severe   emotional   pain   requires   a long   time   to   heal.      EMDR   therapy   shows   that   the mind   can   in   fact   heal   from   psychological   trauma much     as     the     body     recovers     from     physical trauma.      When   you   cut   your   hand,   your   body works   to   close   the   wound.      If   a   foreign   object   or repeated   injury   irritates   the   wound,   it   festers   and causes   pain.      Once   the   block   is   removed,   healing resumes.        EMDR    therapy    demonstrates    that    a similar   sequence   of   events   occurs   with   mental processes.        The    brain’s    information    processing system   naturally   moves   toward   mental   health.      If the    system    is    blocked    or    imbalanced    by    the impact    of    a    disturbing    event,    the    emotional wound   festers   and   can   cause   intense   suffering.     Once    the    block    is    removed,    healing    resumes.      Using    the    detailed    protocols    and    procedures learned     in     EMDR     therapy     training     sessions, clinicians     help     clients     activate     their     natural healing processes