September 12, 2019 by mark wahlbarg
The acronym EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing”, i.e. desensitization and reprocessing of traumatic memories/experiences.
It was developed by Francine Shapiro (Ph.D.) in the United States in 1987. It is a relatively new therapy that has been developing mainly for the last 10 years.
It is anchored in neuroscience studies, has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA) as one of the most recommended methods for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
EMDR therapy in Toronto, Canada is characterized by being a brief intervention focused on the reprocessing and desensitization of memories related to emotional trauma and/or anxiety.
It is a truly effective treatment for people, children or adults who have had traumatic experiences. Also, it is useful for a variety of emotional and behavioral problems.
EMDR therapy is indicated for?
In addition to treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR therapy is indicated for the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, panic, compulsions, hyperactivity, pain, grief, fears, and phobias, among others. It is useful for a variety of emotional and behavioral problems.
How is the intervention in EMDR processed?
The method focuses on the elements of traumatic memory (thoughts, feelings, visual images, and body sensations) and bilateral stimulation of the cerebral hemispheres, in which the result of stimulation is the desensitization and reprocessing of emotional trauma.
The intervention process combines therapeutic methods by EMDR Therapists in Toronto, Canada such as image exposure, cognitive restructuring and self-control techniques in specific and scientifically validated protocols, which allow adaptations according to each person's needs, respecting their individuality.
The bilateral stimulation method is achieved through the use of alternating eye movement (visual stimulus) and can be alternated with the use of sound and/or tactile stimuli.
The stimuli appear to stimulate a natural and intrinsic ability of the human neurophysiologic system to process emotional experiences and adopt adaptive insights, recreating a state similar to a dream period or a state similar to the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep phase.
With therapeutic intervention, the person can have a feeling of greater distance from traumatic memory and can gather resources to reevaluate the experience. An adaptive link is created between past, present, and future.
Promoting the reprocessing of emotionally traumatic experiences enhances the adaptive processing of experiences, recalling memory without the disturbing effect.
EMDR therapy in Toronto, Canada does not cause amnesia or forgetfulness of disturbing events. It only modifies and transforms the way a person experiences traumatic memory by promoting the construction of coherent narratives and resolution of current emotional conflicts resulting from memories.