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WHAT is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic technique that was developed to bring about emotional healing at an accelerated rate. Research began in 1989 after its founder, psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., informally observed that certain eye movements could help reduce emotional tension.
Formal research soon followed where participants exposed specific troubling memories to the technique. Consistent, encouraging results have emerged for the last two and a half decades.
Seeing an EMDR therapist is, in many ways, no different from seeing any other kind of mental health professional. History-taking, establishing rapport, and developing specific goals of treatment remain relatively similar. A chief difference, however, is that an EMDR therapist will often attempt to understand current difficulties in light of troubling memories. For example, if a client reports that they are having trouble at work with a demanding, demeaning boss, an EMDR therapist might ask very specific questions regarding that client’s reaction to that boss: What is the chief emotional response (fear, anger, shame, etc)? What is the chief cognitive response (I am incompetent; I will never succeed, etc.)? In most cases, a good history will reveal previous similar experiences. A trained EMDR therapist will then integrate these experiences into a treatment plan that will address the intensity of those past memories and present difficulties.
Research tells us that the more intense and painful a memory is, the more likely it will be stored in the brain differently than regular memories; in a more isolated fashion, cut off from the natural problem-solving resources of the rest of the brain. On the short run, this often results in immediate relief. Unfortunately, in the long run this method of storing intense, “unprocessed” feelings can lead to a host of emotional problems and overreactions. The mechanism that brings these isolated memories back into contact with the natural resources of the brain is bilateral stimulation. Some have suggested that the same mechanism may be at work when we have rapid eye movements (REM) while we dream during sleep. Bilateral stimulation of the brain can take on a number of forms, including eye movement, alternating sounds, or tapping.
I do not have relationship issues that need to be resolved. This process does not look like something that would help me in my situation. I refuse to be a guinea pig with a new type of therapy and waste more money on therapy that does not work. Mental Health Professionals are the experts and should be able to properly diagnose me and prescribe the right meds if needed. I have yet to experience this. Thanks for taking the time to provide me an answer to my question.
Yes I've been around the block a lot. I am not resistant to therapy. I incurred a lot of medical bills over the years and in the same position I was in at the beginning. Without going into details, my ex is narcissistic and no one can help me deal with the verbal abuse. I tried numerous times.
I went through alot of assessments but I am not sure if any of them where psychological tests. If you have a list of experts in my area please send them.
You probably have had some type of testing along the way but getting current, updated and comprehensive testing is the best way to know what your diagnosis is or isn't.I would suggest the follow 3 Clinical Psychologists in your area:1)Dr. Laura LaPointe398 Camino Gardens Blvd Suite 206 Boca Raton, FL 33432(561)(NNN) NNN-NNNN(Office)2) Dr. Michael Simonds
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