Who can practice EMDR Therapy?

 Clinicians who specialize in EMDR treatment have undergone thorough preparation and direction to use the therapy with their clients. The therapy process consists of scripted protocols meant to arouse activity in specific sections of the brain. They simulate eye movements that are comparable to the ones that happen during our REM sleep cycle. The process causes both sides of the brain to work at the same time. Some clinicians will replace eye movements with tactile or auditory stimulation.

What is EMDR therapy?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (or EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy. Increasingly it’s used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Francine Shapiro developed it in the 1990s. A person treated is asked to recall distressing images while the therapist guides the client through side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping. Mental health practitioners consider it an evidence-based treatment for trauma recovery.

Does EMDR work for anxiety?

EMDR has been found to effectively help mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, and phobias. As panic attacks are regularly associated with trauma, EMDR may be exceptionally helpful in treating these anxiety-related disorders.

What is EMDR used to treat?

EMDR is designed to relieve psychological stress. It’s an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which cause undue stress on an individual who’s not recovering from such emotional injuries through traditional psychotherapy. 

How long does it take for EMDR to work?

“More than thirty positive controlled outcome studies have been conducted on EMDR therapy.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions.”

Is EMDR dangerous?

There are very few negative aspects to using EMDR therapy. The most significant criticism of EMDR is that it hasn’t been used long enough to draw long-term conclusions about its effectiveness. There are relatively few practitioners of this treatment compared to other therapies such as cognitive or behavioral therapy. Fortunately, ICHANGE is one of the few practices  with clinicians trained in this fantastic mental health technology.

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