Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing/ EMDR?
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro.
- EMDR uses different forms of bilateral (left and right) stimulation such as; eye movements, tactile (touch) taps, and audio tones to help individuals feel less intense emotions related to a stressful, traumatic, and or an adverse childhood experience
- Helps one to connect their body sensations, to their thoughts, and then to their feelings about themselves.
The Goals of EMDR
- Identify and reprocess memories that are causing current problems
- Strengthen one’s ability to respond appropriately to current and future situations that may pose a challenge
- Eliminate unhealthy; images, sounds, smells, tastes, thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and beliefs) that are contributing to dysfunction in challenging situations
- Strengthen needed skills, behaviors, and beliefs about one’s self and others that align with clients' authentic self
EMDR is helpful for clients who have experienced stressful events in their lives;
- Living in poverty and or witnessing community violence
- Having a family member; die, having mental health issues, having a serious medical condition, misuse of drugs, and or becoming incarcerated
- Experienced sexual and or physical abuse
- Experienced feelings of neglect and or abandonment
- Parents divorced or separated
When stressful memories are processed in a healthy and appropriate way, one can then begin to live their best life.
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