EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) has become one of the most widely used and recognized treatments for PTSD. Other conditions assisted by EMDR are: grief, childhood trauma, anxiety and depression, phobias, self esteem and trauma related to motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, here are more symptoms that can be resolved with EMDR :
- all forms of abuse in childhood or adulthood
- grief and loss
- anxiety disorders
- car accidents
- victims of crime
- low self esteem, self loathing
- workplace, sports injuries or other physical trauma
- bullying and workplace injustices
EMDR is a treatment modality designed by Psychologist Francine Shapiro who discovered its benefits for recovery from PTSD among Vietnam combat veterans and other trauma survivors. Furthermore, research indicates that EMDR can effectively resolve trauma at a much faster rate than traditional therapies. In addition, EMDR is also helpful at resolving ongoing triggers of anxiety and other symptomatic conditions.
What are EMDR Sessions Like?
EMDR therapy sessions include many phases which take place in a number of sessions according to the client’s needs. The therapist helps the client to determine a triggering event or situation to focus on. Then, the counsellor carries out a number of steps in order to assist the client in processing and releasing the thoughts, feelings and blocking beliefs. Traumatic residue is what affects someone negatively to function positively in everyday life. Painful feelings and negative self perceptions related to the event are focused, and clients have the chance to work through their symptoms by releasing this traumatic residue.
The number of sessions required varies with each person, and with their individual treatment goals.