What is EMDR?
EMDR is known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Its effective and highly recommended to treat individuals who have severe trauma. This type of trauma therapy is one of the most researched therapies widely used to treat someone with a history of trauma. EMDR is common among many treatment facilities and is almost always used for the treatment of trauma individuals.
EMDR is used in a form of psychotherapy which is an information processing technique that is commonly used among individuals to decrease stress that is triggered by a history of traumatic occurrences. Key focus points of EMDR include; retrieving, processing and resolving. This type of treatment helps many problems that the individual goes through daily. Such as; anxiety, fear, nervousness, stress, nightmares, flashbacks, feeling overwhelmed and physiological effects.
Trauma plays a huge role in someone’s alcohol or drug addiction. EMDR treatment deals with the past, present and future. Allowing the individual to overcome the past trauma, ponder on the present distress and think about the future emotions and distress to come. An EMDR professional truly helps an individual acknowledge and learn how to control ways to overcome their history of trauma. EMDR provides relief in an individual from their past traumatic experience.
How EMDR Helps
EMDR is not a session that happens overnight. It is a treatment that happens over a series of sessions with the professional and individual. There are phases that seem scary to an individual. The main point of EMDR therapy is to have the individual gain awareness of their triggers, stress levels and beliefs that all contribute to their past traumatic experience. They then learn new ways to control, ease and soothe the situation when they feel that they are experiencing the traumatic symptoms again.
EMDR helps an individual focus through imagery, feeling, sensing and breathing that is all related back to the traumatic experience they had. This type of therapy is used to help replace the negative experiences with more positive ones. The EMDR professional will add their personal touches to allow the person to have a sense of individualism. The professional targets the underlying issue and negative beliefs and replaces them with more appropriate beliefs.
The EMDR sessions really focus in on practicing positive beliefs and maintaining them. They help with identifying the belief that are supporting their distress and then learn to practice and maintain focusing in on the positive and healthier beliefs.