by Dr. Maya Misic
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapeutic approach that helps clients heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain and trauma in the form of PTSD or Complex PTSD require a long time to heal.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes as they would with physical healing. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental equilibrium. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The final effect of EMDR therapy is that clients feel empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. Clients’ thoughts, feelings and behaviour are now all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.
If you are interested to learn more about EMDR therapy, reach out today and schedule a free consultation.