WHAT IS IT
What is EMDR Therapy
HOW IT WORKS
Does EMDR Therapy really work?
ABOUT THE SESSIONS
What happens in an EMDR session?
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he or she will ask the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. or using bilateral tapping.
As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise, and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meanings of painful events are transformed on an emotional level.
Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The effect is that clients finish EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once unbalanced them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all strong indicators of emotional health and resolution.