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EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
“Scientifically proven and recommended by the National Institute of Mental Health as a Treatment of Choice for Anxiety.”
What is EMDR?
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a recent mind body approach recommended by the National Institute of Mental Health as a treatment of choice for anxiety.
EMDR is scientifically proven to provide lasting relief from anxiety without the use of medications. There are no dangerous side effects.
How Does EMDR work?
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, helps past events become less painful. It does this by “jump starting” your brain’s natural healing ability through a bi-lateral (left and right) set of eye movements. You don’t have to try to make EMDR work. You simply move your eyes as directed.
Although bad things happen, EMDR can decrease the intense emotional pain brought on by these events.
Why does EMDR work?
Often, sometimes without you even realizing it, a painful event can cause or contribute to anxiety in men and women. By resolving the causative event, not just treating symptoms, you can experience lasting relief from anxiety.
Your brain needs the “jump start” EMDR provides because overwhelming emotions become “stuck” in your mind or “frozen in time”.
Once “frozen”, these memories can become more vivid than other memories. They can also be re-experienced through dreams, negative beliefs about yourself, painful emotions or feelings that come out of nowhere leaving you bewildered as to why you feel so anxious.
What events can EMDR help with?
Events that have been helped with EMDR therapy include (but are not limited to) the following:
- the death of a loved one,
- physical, emotional or sexual abuse as a child or adult,
- painful divorce,
- being raised in a home with active alcoholism, addiction, emotional repression or high conflict,
- illness death of a parent during childhood, etc.
Reasons why it works?
One theory as to how EMDR works is that it simulates the way your eyes move in REM sleep. The brain preforms important functions during this state of deep sleep. Another theory is that the eye movements help the left and right sides of the brain to balance and communicate with each other more effectively and therefore relieving anxiety.
Who can provide EMDR therapy?
Only licensed psychotherapists, with specialized EMDR training are allowed to provide this form of treatment. I have received training by EMDR developer, Dr. Francine Shapiro, at the highest level and have extensive experience in using this technique.
Call Margaret Ann Kellogg at 972-768-4795 — or use our contact form — if you would like to discuss how EMDR can benefit you.
For more information and specific research results go to EMDR.com.