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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing For Trauma Control

Jun 28, 2008
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a long and unwieldy name for a new therapeutic tool that is amazingly quick and easy to use.

It was discovered by Francine Shapiro in 1987 in the USA. This technique has since become recognised and is used in trauma centres in many places, with much documented research attesting to its effectiveness.

This is what happens in an EMDR session

The patient provides a description of the trauma and is helped by the therapist to focus on the absolute worst aspect of it and the feeling that come with it. They then describe this internalised negative belief.

Let's take for example somebody who had been in a traffic accident. He might have felt that he was to blame. He may have thought 'I'm really stupid.' The practitioner then helps this person to clearly state the belief that he would really like to have. This could be something like 'I do the very best that I can to make myself safe.' The feeling and thoughts are rated on scales ranging from one to ten.

The client must keep in mind the negative thoughts and feeling as he holds on to the memory. He then watches as the practitioner moves his or her hand in front of the client's face in a series of movements. There is then a pause.

Whatever the client is thinking is spoken about, as well as his feelings and anything in his body. Then the therapist starts the hand movements again. This is repeated as often as necessary until nothing new is being observed or felt. Now it is time to return to the original thoughts and feelings and give them a rating again. Now an objective measure of change can be observed.

In what way does this work?

The brain, it appears, is not able to process the memories of trauma as it usually does. The memories get stuck in a place where they can be triggered easily - the limbic system. Stimulation of the brain bilaterally seems to help shift these memories to the cerebral cortex where ordinary memories are stored, thus losing their emotional charge.

Clients who've had EMDR treatment report that although the memory of what happened is still there, the frightening or unpleasant feelings that accompanied it have disappeared, and they feel generally better with themselves.

The usual way of doing EMDR is with eye movements but other methods involving bilateral stimulation can be used. This would include tapping on knees or hands alternately or wearing headphones and listening to sounds. It can be most effective also where talk therapy finds it difficult to shift pattern and core beliefs.

For simple traumas like the road traffic accident example, the feelings can be processed in about 6 sessions. Traumas that are more complicated are treated better with an ongoing client/therapist relationship.
About the Author
Su Fox can be found at london psychotherapy or london counselling . She is an experienced British therapist located in the south of England. She is the author of a of book for holistic therapists: Retaling To Clients.
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