Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):
This nontraditional and unique from of psychotherapy is a technique aimed to diminished negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. EMDR is designed to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The sole of purpose of EMDR is that this particular modality focuses not on the traumatic event itself, but more on the disturbing symptoms and emotions that were a result of the event.
For individuals that have experienced trauma, the event can cause an overwhelming uproar to the normal cognitive and coping mechanisms. The memories can be ineffectively processed and then compartmentalized, which most individuals do unknowingly. EMDR will allow the client to process these feelings around memories and in turn, allowing them to adopt healthier coping mechanisms.
During this treatment, the therapist will guide the client’s eye movement from side to side, while the individual recalls some of these traumatic memories. EMDR requires eight different phases of treatment sessions.
Each individual responds in unique ways to post traumatic events, and we know that often times, patients have difficulty vocalizing certain experiences and find some traditional discussion therapy treatments to be challenging. Depending on what your needs are and based on an evaluation, Hira Health might suggest a modality such as EMDR.