First discovered in 1987 when Francine Shapiro was walking through a park, the later coined Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy which uses eye movement, along with other physical stimuli, to neutralize anxiety or trauma-related issues. Although it seems strange at first, EMDR has been tested and shown its worth.
In 1989, three controlled studies were published revealing the remarkable effects of EMDR on the patients’ ability to be desensitized to traumatic memories and improve their cognitive assessments in as little as one session. The research does not stop there. Over 20 positive controlled studies have been done since then, showing the amazing healing powers of this therapy. One showed that about 90% of trauma victims were completely relieved of their PTSD in as little as three, 90 minute sessions. Another study showed that 77% of combat veterans were totally free of PTSD in 12 sessions.
The process takes an all-encompassing approach to healing, focusing on healing disturbing past events, handling present situations which cause stress, and developing skills needed to handle future crises. The technique is performed in eight phases, all of which have a specific goal to get you on the road to recovery, and each relating to reducing trauma or stress in the past, present, or future.
The theory comes from the idea that when negative events occur, negative feelings often block complete information processing, making a disconnect. The example used is that a victim of rape may “know” that rapists are responsible, but she may still feel like the event was her own fault.
If you have any questions about this process, how it works, or feel you may benefit from it, contact us today and discover your path to wellness at the center for psychotherapy Boulder, CO trusts.