Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) is an integrative therapeutic approach, structured by Francine Shapiro in 1985. The EMDR’s mechanism involves associating, relocating, and reconstituting emotions, memories, and cognition.
During an EMDR therapy session, the psychotherapist will use lateral eye movements (or sounds or touches of the hand) as an external stimulus to facilitate the access and processing the memories of traumatic events and other experiences. After EMDR treatment, you will find that the intensity of the negative emotions associated with a certain event has decreased, that the majority of the negative beliefs that do not help you are reformulated and those negative thoughts that influence your mood will not have the same power over you.
Intervention through EMDR method allows:
- accessing in a relatively short time the memories of a traumatic event from childhood – the central trauma,
- facilitate the rewriting of negative cognitions, the installation of positive cognitions,
- shaping your own life history and resigning it,
- awareness of the motivation to manifest in a certain manner in stressful situations,
- gradually reducing anxiety states and bringing them to a normal level.
Currently, specialized therapists in EMDR can treat: post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety disorders, including panic attacks.
In general, EMDR therapy has 8 phases, so one session will not be enough to solve the problems that have made you look for a psychotherapist. If you have a few weeks for treatment, use the contact form to provide the psychotherapist with some information about you and what annoys you, and you will receive the details of using EMDR in this psychotherapy cabinet.