Eye Movement Desensitization Processing (EMDR) Therapy
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Many times, you may not know what has caused the traumatic feelings. This is common, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy helps to safely explore traumatic experiences while remaining calm.
Traumatic memory is stored differently than normal memory – it lacks language and rational understanding. Therefore, it is stored as sensory information – what was felt emotionally, seen, heard, smelled and experienced physically at the time. This information forms separate memories which cannot be directly accessed by talking about it.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a form of therapy for trauma, depression and anxiety. It has been extensively researched and is considered the gold standard for Trauma treatment.
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How does EMDR work?
EMDR is designed to help you move past your past without excessive talking about the painful events or reexperiencing them. It is a form of exposure, whereas you do focus on specific aspects of the traumatic memory in a controlled manner:
- While focusing on aspects of the painful memory, bilateral stimulation through eye movements, through tappers which emit a vibration, through a light bar and by listening to bilateral sounds with earphones are used.
- It is unique as it focuses on past events and experiences and their impact on the here and now.
- There is a focus on coping skills to support you.
- Once the unpleasant emotional charge of the memories has been removed, we focus on the future and how you would like to feel if faced with a similar circumstance.
“The eye movements we use in EMDR seem to unlock the nervous system and allow the brain to process the experience… It is important to remember that it is your own brain that will be doing the healing and that you are the one in control”. ~Luber
We work together to be sure you remain within your Window of Tolerance as much as possible. It is normal to experience challenging feelings at times during the EMDR Process. Our goal is to minimize this and provide you with the needed tools to better cope with any upsetting feelings.
What does EMDR treat?
The research has shown EMDR is effective for treating Trauma. It has also been effective in treating:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic and Complicated Grief
- Past and Recent Trauma
- Panic Attacks
- Generalized Anxiety
- Eating Disorders
Where can I learn more about EMDR Therapy?
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA): http://www.emdria.org
EMDR Institute: http://www.EMDR.com
Learn More about EMDR Therapy for PTSD and Anxiety in CT
The Center for NeuroPotential is located in Branford, CT only 10 minutes from New Haven. We are in-network with Anthem and Husky. Services are provided to children, adolescents, and adults.
Call us at 475-221-8142 for a free 15-minute consultation!