EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy, is a method primarily used to treat a host of mental health-related conditions and disorders, including, but not limited to, trauma, addiction, anxiety and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as well as other emotional conditions.
How Does EMDR Work?
Following a preliminary assessment and consultation, providing our licensed therapists feel it is appropriate for the individual’s needs, EMDR therapy involves the bilateral stimulation (right/left eye movement), tactile stimulation (touch) as well as sound, to repeatedly activate and stimulate opposite sides of the brain. This process assists in releasing the emotional experiences ‘trapped‘ within the nervous system, which in turn, helps the neurophysiological system (which connects both mind and body), to free itself of the disconnection, allowing it to once again re-connect. It is a very effective method in treating PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and similar mental health-related conditions and is backed-up by countless scientific studies and research.
What Should You Expect Following EMDR Therapy?
EMDR Therapy, through the above-mentioned process, allows an individual to re-process a previous emotional experience they may have mentally blocked due to it being associated with a type of trauma. The person usually has difficulty in talking about these emotional experiences freely. Using EMDR Therapy, it helps the individual to re-connect with the traumatic experience, freeing them to be able to speak about their trauma more freely without the previously experienced difficulty. More significantly, EMDR Therapy can help eliminate the associated stress factor around the linked traumatic event, facilitating the healing process, which in time, aids to repair the effects of the emotionally difficult memory.
How EMDR Can Help Addictions
In recent times, substance abuse as well as other types of mental addictions, including OCD, are being treated using EMDR Therapy. These addictions can be caused by a variety of factors and are more than often rooted in the repression of traumatic experiences and memories and the associated feelings around these events. Using Addiction Protocol Treatment as part of the EMDR treatment plan, it’s been proven to be highly effective in helping individuals to not only tolerate and accept but to better manage their feelings of distress in relation to the traumatic memories. This, in turn, facilitates the person’s ability to potentially ignore the ‘cravings‘ and ‘urges’ associated with addicted behaviour and OCD by effectively numbing the linked negative emotions which then allows for the reprocessing of negative memories into something more positive.
Negative Emotions and their Effects
It’s been proven time and time over that traumatic events and the associated negative memories from our past can have long-lasting psychological and physiological repercussions. In fact, both the physical and mental effects of these negative, repressed memories can be quite extreme, leading to longer-term feelings of depression, eating disorders, as well as self-destructive behaviours.
Our past experiences and negative memories, as a result of trauma caused by past events, can include feelings of underlying guilt, shame and resentment, having a profound effect on an individual’s life and how they function on a day-to-day basis.
The first step is always the most difficult but the most crucial. WeCure, through our links with fully-licensed specialist EMDR therapists, can help you get the help you need. Get in touch with us today for a confidential and friendly chat.
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