The integrative psychotherapy technique known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has been thoroughly studied and shown to be successful in treating trauma as well as a variety of other mental health issues. It is currently accepted that EMDR therapy is a useful treatment for trauma and other upsetting situations. Millions of people of all ages have benefited from EMDR therapy in reducing various forms of psychological stress. Dr. Francine Shapiro is an American psychologist and educator who created EMDR. Dr. Shapiro works at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, as an Emeritus Senior Research Fellow.

Through the use of psychotherapy techniques like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), individuals can recover from the emotional anguish and symptoms brought on by upsetting life experiences. Numerous studies have demonstrated that people can benefit from psychotherapy that traditionally took years to work by utilizing EMDR treatment. EMDR facilitates the brain's natural healing process to continue. It uses alternating eye movements, noises, or tactile stimuli to trigger the brain's natural healing process. EMDR therapy can be finished in less sessions than traditional psychotherapy for a large number of clients.

EMDR therapy helps children and adults with the following issues:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
  • Chronic Illness and medical issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Pain
  • Performance anxiety
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Sexual assault
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Violence and abuse

EMDR Institute describes healing with EMDR as a process that happens in the brain as the brain has a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (where safety and danger memories are created and stored), and the prefrontal cortex (which controls behavior and emotion).

Certain occurrences can be so distressing that they prevent regular connection between these areas and make it impossible to digest them on your own. Our body's natural fight, flight, or freeze response includes this stress reaction. Disturbing images, thoughts, and sensations can cause overwhelming feelings, a sense of being "frozen in time," or a sensation of being there in that moment when distress from the incident persists.

EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

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