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How does EMDR Therapy work?

When disturbing experiences happen, they often seem to get “locked” in the nervous system.  When a person is very upset, the brain seems to become unable to process an experience as it would normally.  Since the event is “trapped” in the nervous system, it continues to be triggered whenever a reminder occurs.  This “locked” information is often reactivated by a variety of reminders and is responsible for an individual’s frequent feelings of fear, helplessness, and hopelessness.   

The EMDR Therapy technique does two very important things.  First, it “unlocks” the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system; second, it helps the brain to successfully “reprocess” the experience. The therapist works gently with the client, guiding him or her to revist a traumatic or upsetting event, recalling any negative thoughts, feelings and images. 

The therapist uses bilateral stimulation, either through eye movement or tactile stimulation (holding pulsars in your hands that vibrate back and forth), to release the emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the brain.  The disturbing thoughts, memories, feelings are "reprocessed" and become less threatening.  The associated distorted negative self-beliefs (e.g. "it was my fault ","I have to be perfect", "I am not good enough") are exhanged for more positive and adaptive self-beliefs.

This process can be complex if there are alot of experiences connected to the negative feelings or distored self-beliefs.  The EMDR Therapy sessions continue until the traumatic memories and emotions are relieved.

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