Benefits of EMDR Therapy
EMDR is recognized as a treatment of trauma and PTSD.
It can reduce the symptoms of fear for people suffering from phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.
It can reduce the symptoms of depression caused by disturbing life experiences.
It can help with the disturbing memories in victims of crimes, sexual assault victims, victims of natural and manmade disasters or in workers who deal with violence and crime like, police officers, firefighters, and first responders.
It can help with the disturbing feelings from been incapacitated from an accident, surgery, or a severe burn.
It can relieve excessive grief due to the death of a loved one or the feeling of guilt from witnessing the death.
It can help with the negative thoughts, disturbing memories in people suffering from drug/chemical dependency, addictions, gambling. It can help in the recovery and it can decrease the chances of relapse.
It is not yet clear how EMDR Therapy works neuro-biologically. However, we know that when we are upset or experience a traumatic incident, our brain cannot process information as it normally does. Sometimes the moment of the incident that we feel threatened, humiliated, or endangered “freezes in time” in our memory, and remembering that incident may feel as bad as passing through it the first time because images, sounds, smells and feelings are “frozen” and have not been properly processed in our mind. These memories and recollections that have not been processed have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way we see the world and the way we relate to other people.