EMDR therapy is a comprehensive psychotherapy approach that integrates elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and bilateral stimulation. It was developed to specifically target and resolve the effects of traumatic experiences. EMDR therapy has been recognised as an effective treatment for trauma-related disorders by organisations such as the World Health OrganiSation (WHO) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
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If you're looking for a powerful and evidence-based approach to address trauma, anxiety, and other emotional difficulties, EMDR therapy may be the right fit for you. As a trained EMDR therapist, I am dedicated to helping individuals like you navigate their healing journey and find relief from distressing experiences.
As your EMDR therapist, I begin by conducting a thorough assessment to understand your unique needs and treatment goals. We work together to establish a trusting therapeutic relationship, ensuring that you feel safe and supported throughout the process.
Together, we identify specific memories, beliefs, and emotions that are contributing to your distress. These targets serve as the focus of the EMDR therapy sessions. We explore the associated thoughts, sensations, and emotions while you engage in bilateral stimulation, which can involve following the therapist's hand movements, tapping, or auditory stimuli.
Bilateral stimulation is a fundamental component of EMDR therapy. It helps facilitate the processing of distressing memories and emotions. By engaging in bilateral stimulation, your brain is stimulated to integrate and reprocess traumatic experiences, allowing for a more adaptive resolution.
Adaptive Information Processing: EMDR therapy aims to facilitate adaptive information processing, helping your brain reorganize the memories and beliefs associated with the traumatic experience. As we continue the bilateral stimulation, you may experience shifts in thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, leading to a more positive and adaptive understanding of the traumatic event.
Through EMDR therapy, we work together to identify and install positive beliefs that counteract the negative beliefs associated with the traumatic experience. These positive beliefs provide a foundation for healing and promote a sense of empowerment and resilience.
Each EMDR therapy session ends with a closure phase, ensuring that you feel grounded and stable before leaving the session. We also reevaluate the progress made and address any additional targets that may arise throughout the treatment process.