EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing treatment. It is a recommended and effective treatment primarily used for trauma. It has been accepted by the American Psychiatric Association, Veteran’s Administration, and American Psychological Association. For individuals that have experienced traumatic events, it is one of the most well researched therapies.
Addicts often begin using because they want to repress traumatic memories. Using EMDR reduces negative emotions surrounding trauma can have an immediate effect on addicts. It is very helpful when used in combination with and other support groups and therapies. EMDR brings relief to individuals suffering from PTSD, depression, stress, eating disorders, and chronic physical pain.
EMDR used as Therapy
Recognized as a respected form of psychotherapy, it is used as an information processing technique reducing distress caused by traumatic events. It focuses on retrieving, processing, and resolving past experiences that negatively continue to affect an individual’s life. Symptoms that come up from such experiences are overwhelming emotions, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, anxiety and the physiological symptoms of fear are eliminated or reduced by the use of this treatment. EMDR accesses past traumatic events, the triggers that can cause the distress in the present as well as the emotions and thoughts that prolong the distress to continue. The individuals will begin to understand and regain control over the ways in which traumatic experiences in the past impact everyday functioning. Individuals treated with EMDR experience lasting relief from traumatic symptoms.
The Practice of EMDR and Clinicians
EMDR is a protocol of interventions that are structured by an EMDR specialist who has received intensive training in the use of the technique. Clinicians here that use EMDR also have a background in other psychological and therapeutic techniques as well. Their licensing, education, and certifications include a wide range of approaches in the mental health practice. These include psychology, psychiatry, expressive therapies and other related fields that specializes in individuals that have experienced trauma. Each licensed practitioner has completed specialized training in the use of this therapy and will continue to receive ongoing education to keep on the cutting edge of new developments in this technique.
Through the Course of Treatment
The effectiveness and support of this treatment is widely spread throughout the treatment of trauma and from trauma specialists. In many cases EMDR gets used as the primary treatment for trauma. EMDR treatment occurs in a series of sessions that progress through phases facilitated by the therapist. It begins by conducting an interview in order to prepare for the sessions to follow. They will go over any information that affects the quality of life which include coping skills, current support system, history of related difficulties, and current distress that is causing difficulties. The therapist and the client will identify goals for treatment and create an individualized treatment plan to meet the client’s’ specific needs. We will find the underlying causes of distress from trauma to resolve and eliminate them. The clients will find the awareness of triggers, stress responses and beliefs that have contributed to their distress.