EMDR therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique which is used to relieve stress. If you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder you might feel you will never get the same life you once had. You can have insomnia, flashbacks of some scary incidents, low self esteem. But you can get your life back by some changes in your life. Stress Disorder can be treated. Short and Long term psychotherapy, medications are needed to be able to get the same life you once had.
The therapy has three main goals.
- Understanding the symptoms and the reasons behind it
- Teach the skills how to deal with it
- Restore your self esteem
Nowadays many treatment centers offer EMDR therapy. This therapy is based on reliving the past memory or some traumatic incident while the therapist directs your eye movement. This can be considered helpful as recalling some disgraceful events without strong emotional response is less harder when diversion is there. So this treatment is to ease up your strong emotions regarding the past memories.
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How Does It Work?
EMDR therapy is generally continued in eight different phases. Multiple sessions may be needed for some. But once they attend the sessions seriously they will eventually be able to overcome all the hard feelings and lead a normal life.
Phase 1 : Knowing the History
You will have to be prepared for this phase. The past memories about which you never talk to anyone, now you will tell your therapist in order to know yourself better. Then only your therapist will know you better and treat you in right way.
Phase 2 : Preparation
Your therapist will teach you different skills on how to cope up with your emotions and all the psychological stress. That way you can let the burden go away and your mind will be relaxed.
Phase 3 : Selection
In this phase your therapist will choose the events which makes your mind and body behave differently. He will select which memories to be targeted in order to treat in a right manner.
Phase 4 – 7 : Treatment
Your therapist will then start the EMDR therapy. During this session you will be asked to concentrate on all the negative thoughts which had been bothering since many days, the memories, places, people. You will be asked to concentrate on those and picture them. Your therapist will direct your eye movements simultaneously.
Bilateral stimulation is a part of this depending on your case. In this you need to move your eye left to right and vice versa. This helps to get rid of anxiety.
After this your therapist will ask you to let your mind go blank and travel your mind through the past traumatic memories. This helps to focus on the targeted memories and let go of all the emotions.
Then he will bring you to present to calm your mind before getting on to other traumatic thoughts, images. Eventually everything will start fading slowly and you will be relaxed.
Phase 8 : Evaluation
In this final session you will be asked to evaluate the sessions. And your therapist will do the same.
Benefits of EMDR
This therapy has been found to be a great solution for the people who are going through traumatic memories. It is effective for those people who doesn’t talk about their past experiences. It is mostly used to treat :
- Panic Attacks
- Sleeping Disorders
We all know sharing the thoughts that have been troubling you helps a lot, but obviously with the right person who can help you to get through this. But we are all scared of judgements, the fear of not being understood. That’s why a specialist is needed to help you find the reasons of your trouble and overcome those. This process have been found more effective than any other in help with post traumatic disorder, depression. Not only for short term, this has been found to be effective for the people who went through the traumatic disorders for longer-lasting reduction of symptoms.