EMDR is a well researched, evidence-based form of psychotherapy for individuals dealing with from psychological distress due to traumatic events including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, early childhood abuse and neglect, bullying, violence, witness to violence and other experiences that have overwhelmed an individual outside of their window of tolerance. EMDR trained clinicians have reported successfully applying EMDR on a wide variety of mental health issues.
EMDR is an eight phase treatment model based on the theory of Adaptive Information Processing which considers symptoms of PTSD and other disorders to result from past disturbing experiences that continue to cause distress because the memory was not adequately processed. During EMDR therapy, research suggests that an accelerated learning process is stimulated by EMDR’s procedures, which incorporate the use of eye movements and other forms of rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation. While clients briefly focus on the trauma memory and simultaneously experience bilateral stimulation (BLS), the vividness and emotional distress of the fear and pain associated with such trauma are reduced, creating a new perspective that can facilitate and enhance self-esteem.
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