WHAT IS EMDR Therapy?
EMDR Stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a therapeutic approach which helps to heal those who have suffered from substantially traumatic experiences in their life. EMDR is widely known as PTSD rapid eye movement therapy; more so, EMDR can treat more than PTSD.
WHO CAN EMDR HELP?
This treatment can help with a variety of symptoms or diagnosis. There has been substantial research that proves it is very effective for Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD).
It can also be effective in alleviating:
- High anxiety
- Memories and flashbacks of a traumatic experience
- Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
- Difficulty in trusting others
- Relationship issues
According to the EMDR Institute, more than 30 controlled outcome studies on EMDR therapy have shown that it has positive effects. In some of these studies, as many as 90% of trauma survivors appeared to have no PTSD symptoms after just three sessions (7 July, 2019).
There are eight phases to EMDR therapy:
- Initial history discovery: Collection of medical/personal history
- Treatment planning: a process in which the therapist tailors, to the greatest extent possible, the application of available treatment resources to each client’s individual goals and needs
- Preparation: The therapist and client make a therapeutic relationship
- Assessment: The clinician identifies the components of the target
- Desensitization: It focuses on the client’s negative affect as reflected in the SUDs rating
- Installation: The focus is on “installing” and increasing the strength of the positive cognition that the client has identified to replace the original negative cognition
- Body scan: After the positive cognition has been fully installed, the client is asked to hold the target event in mind, and identify any residual tension, in the form of body sensations
- Closure: The client must be returned to a state of equilibrium at the end of each session, regardless of whether reprocessing is complete
- Reevaluation: Includes the additional targeting, reassessing, and reviewing necessary to ensure optimal treatment effects
HOW DOES EMDR TREATMENT HELP WITH THE HEALING PROCESS?
EMDR therapy heals trauma, while teaching you skills on how to handle emotional distress in real life. It helps to release the grasp trauma has on your body and mind, while simultaneously relieving your symptoms. All together, this helps to regain your life and further you in your healing process.
EMDR Therapy in Houston and The Woodlands
Meet with our EMDR therapists, support and assist clients to connect with their authentic self and learn to love, not hate, themselves. Also, behaviors will be evaluated that are not currently working for them. We utilize multiple therapy modalities based on the client’s personality and problem. The therapy modalities are all research-based and are showing success based on the particular problems and the client.
EMDR Therapy Options for You
Our greatest desire at Therapy for Families is to help each individual feel comfortable and hopeful about their therapy process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We also offer a free consultation to help assess how therapy can benefit you and help you to feel peace and happiness again. We offer therapy services in both Houston and the Woodlands, Texas areas.