Private EMDR Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Research shows that trauma-focused psychotherapies have the most evidence for treating PTSD. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one type of trauma-focused psychotherapy. EMDR can help you process upsetting memories, thoughts, and feelings related to the trauma that you have experienced. By processing these experiences, you can get relief from the symptoms of PTSD.
How Does It Work?
EMDR helps you process and make sense of the trauma, which can allow you to start to recover. In EMDR, you will pay attention to a back-and-forth movement (often with a finger, stick, or flashlight), or sound (often on earphones) while calling to mind the upsetting memory. You will do this until the way you experience the memory becomes less distressing.
What Can I Expect?
During the first stage, you will learn about both physical and emotional reactions to trauma. To prepare, you will learn coping skills. Next, you will identify the “target”, or the upsetting memory you want to focus on, including any negative thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that are related to the memory. You will hold the memory in your mind while also paying attention to a back-and-forth movement or sound until your distress goes down. This will last for a short period each time, and then you will talk about what the exercise was like for you. Eventually, you will focus on a positive thought and feeling while you hold the memory in your mind. Later in your treatment, your provider will re-assess your symptoms to see if you need to process other targets.
How Long Does It Take?
EMDR is an individual therapy. You will meet one-to-one with your provider for each session. EMDR usually lasts for 1-3 months of weekly 50-90 minute sessions. Often, individuals begin to notice improvement after a few sessions. The benefits of EMDR can last long after your final session with your provider.
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