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EMDR-What? The Weird Acronym That is Changing How Therapists Treat Trauma.

Before I started focusing on neurofeedback I was all about EMDR. I have quite a lot of training in EMDR and definitely want to spread the word about how helpful it is. These days I typically recommend neurofeedback first if at all possible before you delve into trauma work. It will make things SO much easier to face when your brain feels calm. 

I am going to generally give a description of what emdr is:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that is gaining popularity due to its effectiveness in treating various mental health conditions, particularly those related to trauma. EMDR has been proven to be highly effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other related conditions. Here are some reasons why EMDR is so effective.

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Here are some reasons why EMDR is so effective.

1)  A unique approach: EMDR is a unique approach to therapy because it involves a combination of different techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), bilateral stimulation, and mindfulness techniques. This combination helps to address the underlying issues associated with trauma in a holistic way

2) Effective in treating trauma-related disorders: EMDR is particularly effective in treating trauma-related disorders, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other related conditions. Trauma is stored in the brain in a fragmented way, and EMDR helps to reprocess these memories in a more adaptive way. This can help individuals reduce the intensity of traumatic memories and decrease associated symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.

3) Quick and efficient: Unlike other forms of therapy, EMDR can be relatively quick and efficient. Many individuals report experiencing significant symptom reduction after just a few sessions. This is because EMDR targets the underlying issues associated with trauma, rather than just treating symptoms.

4) Can be used for a wide range of issues: Although EMDR was initially developed to treat trauma-related disorders, it can also be used to address a wide range of issues. These include phobias, performance anxiety, addiction, grief, and low self-esteem.

5) Neurologically-based: EMDR is based on the idea that trauma affects the way that the brain processes information. The bilateral stimulation used in EMDR has been shown to help reprocess traumatic memories and reduce associated symptoms. This makes EMDR a neurologically-based approach to treatment.

In conclusion, EMDR is a unique and highly effective approach to therapy that is gaining popularity around the world. Its unique combination of techniques, effectiveness in treating trauma-related disorders, efficiency, versatility, and neurologically-based approach make it a powerful tool. We really like it to be used after or during neurofeedback since they compliment each other so well

If you’re interested in exploring EMDR as a treatment option, we are happy to connect you to resources in the community! Reach out to us today!