Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), whoa that is a mouthful! Have you heard of EMDR Therapy?

As a therapeutic approach, EMDR is based on several theories of psychotherapy, including concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). During an EMDR session, the therapist will ask the client to recall difficult thoughts and emotions. He or she will then instruct the client to continue thinking about these traumatic thoughts or past events while having the client to move their eyes from side-to-side.

EMDR was originally developed to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias. Some therapists also use EMDR to treat depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, sexual dysfunction, and stress caused by chronic disease.

Through the EMDR process, it is believed that those who have experienced past trauma can begin to heal from the fear and pain associated with such disturbances. EMDR may allow a client to gain a new perspective that can facilitate improved self-esteem and enhance personal beliefs about their capabilities.

Dr. Natalie Feinblatt, she is a licensed psychologist, specializing in Spiritually-informed addiction & trauma therapy in West LA or Online Using VSee. She will be helping us understand what is EMDR Therapy and how it could help you with your traumas.

EMDR therapy combines different elements to maximize treatment effects.  A full description of the theory, sequence of treatment, and research on protocols and active mechanisms can be found in F. Shapiro (2001) Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing:  Basic principles, protocols and procedures (2nd edition) New York: Guilford Press.

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