EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a type of therapy that can be effective in treating a range of mental health concerns, including trauma, anxiety, and depression. It is a relatively new form of therapy that was developed in the 1980s and has gained popularity in recent years.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a type of therapy that involves a structured approach to help individuals process traumatic or distressing experiences. It combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and eye movement techniques to help individuals process and reprocess traumatic memories.
How Does EMDR Work?
During an EMDR session, the therapist will guide the individual through a series of eye movements while asking them to focus on a specific traumatic memory. The eye movements are thought to stimulate the brain's natural processing system, allowing the individual to reprocess the memory in a more adaptive way.
EMDR has been shown to help individuals process traumatic memories and reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. It can also help individuals develop coping strategies to manage the impact of the traumatic experience on their daily lives.
What to Expect During an EMDR Session?
EMDR sessions typically last between 60-90 minutes and can involve a series of 8-12 sessions, depending on the individual's needs. During the session, the therapist will guide the individual through a series of eye movements while asking them to focus on a specific traumatic memory.
The therapist may also use other techniques, such as bilateral stimulation, which involves tapping or other forms of physical stimulation to help the individual process the traumatic memory.
Is EMDR Right for Me?
EMDR can be an effective treatment option for individuals who have experienced traumatic events or have symptoms of anxiety, depression, or PTSD. However, it may not be the right fit for everyone. It is important to talk to your therapist to determine if EMDR is the right fit for your needs and goals.
At Feel Happy Counseling and Coaching, our experienced therapists use evidence-based approaches, including EMDR, to help individuals overcome trauma and other mental health concerns. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how EMDR can help you overcome trauma and live a more fulfilling life.