Professional Psychotherapy &
Sven Schild, PhD, SEP, TCC
Unlocking Healing with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Step into the realm of transformative healing with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy – a powerful approach within the field of psychology designed to alleviate the impact of traumatic experiences and promote psychological well-being.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy, developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD, is a comprehensive and evidence-based treatment for individuals grappling with the effects of trauma. It is particularly effective in addressing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions. The hallmark of EMDR therapy lies in its unique utilization of bilateral stimulation, often in the form of guided eye movements, to facilitate the processing and integration of distressing memories.
Core Components of EMDR Therapy
1. Bilateral Stimulation
At the heart of EMDR therapy is the use of bilateral stimulation, typically induced by guided eye movements, alternating tactile sensations, or auditory stimuli. This bilateral stimulation is thought to mimic the natural processing that occurs during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, facilitating the brain's adaptive information processing.
2. Phases of Treatment
EMDR therapy follows a structured, eight-phase protocol. The initial phases involve comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, and establishing a therapeutic alliance. Subsequent phases include desensitization, reprocessing, and the installation of positive beliefs. The final phases focus on closure, ensuring that individuals have developed effective coping mechanisms for the future.
3. Dual Attention and Memory Processing
The dual attention aspect of EMDR therapy involves simultaneously engaging the client's attention in the present moment while accessing distressing memories. This dual attention, combined with bilateral stimulation, helps facilitate the adaptive processing of traumatic material, transforming it from a state of distress to a more integrated and manageable form.
How EMDR Works
Assessment and Treatment Planning: The therapist collaborates with the client to identify target memories or experiences for reprocessing. These are typically distressing events that contribute to the client's current symptoms.
Desensitization: During this phase, the client focuses on the identified distressing memory while engaging in bilateral stimulation. This process allows the memory's emotional charge to decrease, promoting desensitization and diminishing its impact on daily life.
Reprocessing: The therapist guides the client in reprocessing the memory, facilitating the integration of new, adaptive information. This can involve exploring and updating negative beliefs associated with the traumatic experience.
Installation of Positive Beliefs: Positive beliefs and adaptive coping strategies are introduced and integrated into the client's cognitive framework. This contributes to a more positive self-perception and increased resilience.
Closure and Future Integration: The therapist ensures that the processing is complete for the session, and clients are equipped with effective coping strategies for future challenges.
Applications and Efficacy
EMDR therapy has demonstrated effectiveness in treating trauma-related conditions, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Its versatility extends to a wide range of populations and trauma types, making it a valuable tool for therapists working with diverse clients.
Embrace Healing with EMDR
Our psychology services are dedicated to harnessing the transformative power of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. If you are seeking relief from the impact of trauma or wish to explore this innovative approach, EMDR offers a path to healing and resilience. Join us on this journey of transformation, where distressing memories can be reprocessed, and a brighter future awaits.
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress.
Dr. Schild is a certified EMDR clinician and an EMDRIA approved EMDR consultant. The EMDRIA certification program ensures that a clinician has received thorough, high-quality training in EMDR and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful and effective EMDR practitioner. In order to maintain one's EMDRIA certification status, a clinician is also required to remain up-to-date with EMDR applications and best practices in the field of EMDR.
To learn more about EMDR, please the EMDR Institute, EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), or the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program ( EMDR HAP) website. To find a certified EMDR clinician in your area, please visit the EMDRIA website at: www.emdria.org.