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  • Writer's pictureKevin Kenealy

The Miracle and Therapeutic Effectiveness of EMDR

There are plenty of new ways to engage in therapy that do not align with what you would think of decades ago. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is not a new method of therapy; in fact, it has been around since the late 1980s. There have been plenty of studies of successful uses of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. This effective form of therapy helps work miracles for people who need personal therapy.

As the name suggests, this form of therapy helps many people cope with traumas, especially trauma that is unprocessed or not at the forefront of one’s mind through desensitization and reprocessing. This simply means that the client will be re-exposed to events in their lives to reprocess how they cope with it. Using bilateral stimulation such as side to side eye movements, hand or knee tapping, or tappers (electronic device), the level of disturbance experienced when recalling these painful events is greatly reduced.

EMDR works with targeting the negative aspects of your memories and retraining your brain not to experience as much pain as you once had. This therapy is said to work miracles because, during each session, your doctor should measure your level of disturbance and evaluate and compare from previous sessions afterward. As time goes on, you will notice that your level of disturbance or your fears and anxieties have greatly lessened from the beginning of your sessions with your doctor. It is important that you go to a professional to help you through your eye movement desensitization and reprocessing so that you do not create new triggers or worsen your disorder.

For those who need personal therapy to work through trauma, just know that the EMDR session is curated for you and your memories. Not what you were told as happened but what you remember, what your truth is, and how your truth affects you. Being honest with yourself helps with the sessions because it allows for the training to target the negative aspects that are triggering you.

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