may be one of the most effective
treatments in years.
provides "a way for
people to free themselves from destructive memories
and it seems to work, even in cases where years of
conventional therapy have failed."
-- Hugh Downs, 20/20, ABC News
Working with EMDR
Steve Reed, LPC is the leading
provider of EMDR treatment in the Dallas - Ft. Worth
972-997-9955 today to schedule your appointment.
Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy) is a new
therapeutic technique developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.
in 1987. The method was originated by Dr. Shapiro
when she noted that disturbing thoughts suddenly
disappeared after engaging in a particular type of eye
movement. As she deliberately retrieved the disturbing
thoughts, they were no longer upsetting to her. This
positive effect prompted her to retrieve other disturbing
images, engage in the eye movements, and note the result.
Upon discovering that a variety of disturbing thoughts and
images were no longer upsetting to her, Dr. Shapiro, began
a study to note the effects with others. Since 1987 this
methodology has evolved into a multifaceted approach to
treat a variety of different problems with a wide number
of populations. EMDR is frequently used in the treatment
of traumatic experiences and the disturbing feelings and
thoughts that accompany trauma. Additional uses include
resolution of grief, relief from chronic pain, performance
enhancement, smoking cessation, depression and dealing
The procedure of EMDR
treatment involves the client focusing on a disturbing
image while the trained therapist facilitates a type of
eye movement by having the client follow the movement of
the therapist's fingers across the field of vision.
Traumatic images are
physiologically and neurologically arousing and this can
interfere with the processing of the information in the
brain. Consequently, the experience gets misplaced
or frozen in our nervous system. The effect of
trauma on the brain is like having a traffic police
officer in your brain which gets very tired and sends the
distressing signal to an unauthorized parking zone where
it gets stored in the wrong area. EMDR retrieves the
signal and parks it in the authorized zone.
Researchers do not know
why (EMDR Therapy) Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing works. The similarities of the eye movement
patterns and Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep have
contributed to theorizing a connection between the two.
Information is processed when dreaming occurs. Dreaming
occurs in the stage of sleep known as REM sleep.
When the client accesses the disturbing image and
thought that accompanies the image while moving their eyes
back and forth, the information seems to be processing at
an accelerated rate.
With EMDR (Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing), feelings of
tension are usually significantly reduced, the image seems
to change by fading or becoming more distant, and the
power of the negative thoughts are often diminished.
Desensitization and Reprocessing makes the following
assumptions about healing:
EMDR therapy uncovers hidden aspects of problems.
2. EMDR therapy gets you unstuck and
allows a natural movement toward healing.
3. EMDR therapy generates a new
perspective of your problem.
4. EMDR therapy allows you to go directly
to you healing destination and eliminate incorrect
5. EMDR therapy creates new pathways
beyond the limitations of your previous route.
6. EMDR therapy accesses the natural
healing abilities of your deeper self.
7. EMDR therapy enables your ability to
8. EMDR therapy installs positive
behaviors and allows you to connect to useful resources
The research on EMDR
therapy has indicated that the effects remain stable over
time. Research on Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing has reported the following positive
1. Combat veterans who were not able to be free of
symptoms no longer experience flashbacks, or nightmares.
2. People with phobias revealed a
rapid reduction of fear and symptoms.
3. People with panic disorder
reported recovering at a more rapid rate when compared to
other treatment methods.
4. Crime survivors and police
officers were no longer disturbed by the after effects of
5. People have been relieved of
excessive grief due to the loss of a loved one.
6. Children have been symptom
free from trauma of assault or natural disaster.
7. Sexual assault survivors were
able to lead normal lives and have intimate relationships.
8. Accident and burn survivors
who were debilitated are now able to resume productive
9. Those with sexual dysfunction
are now able to maintain healthy sexual relationships.
10. Clients with chemical dependency have
decreased tendency to relapse and show signs of stable
11. People with dissociative disorders
progress at a rate more rapid than traditional treatment.
12. Clients with a wide variety of PTSD
diagnoses experienced relief from symptoms with EMDR.
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