What Can EMDR Therapy Assist With?

What Can EMDR Therapy Assist With?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based form of treatment that has helped many people heal from negative life experiences, such as trauma. EMDR therapy is an integrated psychotherapy approach that asks clients to recall distressing images associated with trauma while a therapist guides them through bilateral eye movements or hand tapping. While this may sound strange, previous research shows that this type of movement does have an impact on the way the brain stores these memories – which could prove utterly transformational for those who’ve been affected by conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for many years.

A study published in The Permanente Journal assessed several research articles to explore what the larger body of literature has to say about EMDR therapy. Of the studies they analyzed, many reported similar findings – that EMDR therapy assisted clients with the reduction of negative emotions and/or vividness of disturbing images, as well as positive influences on 8 other effects related to memory. The EMDR International Association notes that EMDR therapy isn’t just used for PTSD, but rather a host of other troubling conditions:

–       Complicated grief

–       Phobias

–       Performance anxiety

–       Addiction

–       Sexual/physical abuse

–       Body dysmorphic disorders

–       Personality disorders

–       And more

Dr. Sickgold of Harvard Medical School told The Fix in 2015, “We believe that EMDR induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry similar to what happens in REM sleep – that allows the person undergoing treatment to more effectively process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain.”

Trauma and related disorders affect many people in addiction recovery, as oftentimes addiction stems from these negative life experiences and transforms into self-medication, which is often used as a way to mask undesirable symptoms (such as those experienced with PTSD). With EMDR therapy, however, those in recovery have yet another opportunity to work towards healing alongside their traditional recovery program.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.