(Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
EMDR offers New Hope!
People who have suffered for years from anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic events can now gain relief from a revolutionary new therapy called EMDR.
Research shows that EMDR is fast, safe and effective. EMDR does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis. It is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can happen effectively.
This powerful short-term therapy is highly effective for a wide range of disorders including chronic pain, phobias, depression, stress, panic attacks, eating disorders and poor self-image.
Many patients who have made slow progress in the past, or who have not benefited from more traditional therapies say that with EMDR they have finally found something that works for them!
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an acronym for a new psychotherapeutic technique called "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing".
EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.
The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement; or tactile stimulation; or sound which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
EMDR appears to allow you to process an emotional experience that you cannot yet talk about. Frequently, following an EMDR session you are able to speak more freely, and most importantly you are able to eliminate the feelings of stress surrounding the traumatic event.
How Does It Work?
Ms. Katz works gently with you and asks you to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. She then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from your face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. You track the movements as if watching ping pong. The more intensely you focus on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, and the painful feelings appear to be exchanged for more peaceful, positive feelings.
What problems are helped by EMDR?
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
EMDR is most effective when used in conjunction with other traditional methods of therapy.
- loss of a loved one
- injury of a loved one
- car accident
- work accident
- natural disaster
- witness to violence
- childhood abuse
- victims of violent crimes
- performance and test anxiety
- trauma & depression
- anxiety or panic
- childhood trauma
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- post traumatic stress
- bad temper
- overwhelming fears
- panic attacks
- low self-esteem
- relationship problems
- brooding or worrying
- trouble sleeping
EMDR therapy can help you replace your anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.
What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?
- High anxiety and lack of motivation
- Memories of a traumatic experience
- Fear of being alone
- Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
- Difficulty in trusting others
- Relationship problems
How do I know if EMDR is right for me?
There are a number of factors to consider when evaluating the appropriateness of EMDR therapy. During your initial consultation all relevant factors will be discussed in full to help you decide if this treatment technique is right for you.
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