Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an exciting new technique in psychotherapy which is potentially
faster than conventional methods. By combining simple eye movements with
guided imagery and verbal methods, a more rapid access to the healing
abilities of the mind is achieved. How it works is unknown on
the physical/brain level, but that it works is well documented
EMDR was originally applied to post-traumatic stress syndrome disorders.
Since then, it has been found to be an effective technique for dealing
with the after effects of child abuse and molestation, rape and other
traumas, phobias and anxiety. In addition, many other issues can be helped
using EMDR, including anger, chronic pain, depression, and sexual
EMDR is also a useful adjunct to conventional therapeutic techniques for
most other problems, as a way to overcome blocks in the therapeutic process.
After the initial assessment phase, I will work with you on planning an
individual treatment approach. Throughout, you are in control of the
pacing and direction of the therapy. In EMDR, you will visually track
my hand movements while selecting images of critical life events and
situations that you hold in mind and becoming aware of the emotions,
feelings and thoughts associated with these images. During this process,
you will observe how these are transformed for you. After the sessions,
you will also observe how this transformation carries over into your
life in both obvious and subtle ways.
This is a short list of books which
themselves have extensive bibliographies. I have found these to be good
introductions to EMDR.
There are a large number of Web Sites
that discuss EMDR. This list contains some high level sites with many
references, as well as a few specific discussions of the use of EMDR in
Bosnia and with children.
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