The effectiveness of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

It is an unfortunate truth that countless lives are significantly shattered by both past and present traumatic events. Some prefer to live with it, no matter the misery, while others choose to address the issue and put their lives back on track. One of the ways to take good care of your disturbing experiences is to consider undergoing therapy. Therapeutic interventions can provide new meaning to people’s adverse life experiences and help enhance their coping techniques. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is one of the proven therapeutic interventions used for PTSD, anxiety and depression treatment. 

EMDR is a psychotherapy that empowers people to heal from the distressful symptoms and impacts of adverse life experiences. Several studies reveal that EMDR therapy can bring positive changes in the lives of trauma survivors, who remained in the tormenting shadows of their traumatic experiences. Often it is assumed that severe traumatic pain, both physical and emotional, can take ages to heal. However, with EMDR therapy, a quick recovery is possible.

EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma, just like the body from physical abuse/maltreatment. The eight-phase treatment focuses on the past, present and future. The past disturbing memories and related events are explored and acknowledged to understand the current distress. Further development of skills and attitudes are provided for future actions. Distressful memories are reprocessed engaging both sides of the brain through bi-lateral stimulation. EMDR treatment helps to take away the power of self-limiting beliefs and other negativities caused due to unhappy experiences. This is achieved by showing you that these negative beliefs are merely an interpretation of the event and other valid positive analyses are available. Transforming negative beliefs is an essential part of the treatment as it improves one’s relationships, work performance, health and more.

In a nutshell, EMDR treatment can produce fast track results and help you manage stress as it emerges without having to wait until it becomes overwhelming. 

Our clinical psychologist, Dr Hugo Gonzales has extensive experience in providing EMDR as an effective therapeutic tool. Book an appointment today to receive the positive benefits that EMDR brings.