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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is EMDR?
EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a wellness based therapy that works because the eye movements causes the brain to start processing information similarly to how it does during REM sleep. This type of therapy holds the belief that all the information about traumatic experiences – your thoughts, feelings, sensations, emotions are trapped in your brain, because your brain never processed them properly. The triggers you experience unlock these unprocessed memories and are what cause anxiety and PTSD symptoms.
Similar to when you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object irritates the wound, it becomes worse and causes pain. Once the object is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help patients activate their natural healing processes.
Trauma in your life?
You may be suffering from devastating effects of trauma: Accidents, medical problems, childhood neglect, abuse, being assaulted, witnessing or experiencing a horrible event, being in an abusive relationship, loss of a loved one, mobbing, being bullied as a child… the list goes on-and-on.
You may be asking yourself why you have emotional, psychological and physical symptoms, or you may even be aware of the reason of your problems but can’t help but doing/experiencing/feeling the same things over and over again.
THERE IS A SOLUTION
There is hope for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and for all the symptoms you may be experiencing.
There are trauma-focused therapeutic modalities that can be very effective in helping to relieve PTSD symptoms and heal the trauma, and now, in a very brief period of time.
How long does the treatment take?
WeCure specialists offer week-long trauma-focused therapy sessions to help decrease, alleviate, and heal the devastating effects of trauma and PTSD. EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based, highly scientific and effective therapy modality that provides us with those rapid healing results.
What is EMDR therapy?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a unique, powerful therapy that helps people recover from problems triggered by traumatic events in their lives. Traumas are part of our lives; ‘T’ traumas are life threatening events (i.e., accidents, medical procedures, earthquakes, sexual assaults etc.), ‘t’ traumas are everyday life events becoming traumatic when happens repeatedly in our lives and which were not repaired (i.e., childhood neglect, losses, bullying etc.).
Traumatic events are life experiences that are dysfunctionally and inadequately stored in the brain memory networks, so they keep disturbing. The beliefs, emotions, sensations like images, smells and body sensations of the event are ‘frozen in time’ and come back when they are triggered. The person feels ‘stuck’ in the past or worries about the future.
EMDR aims to help the brain get ‘unstuck’ and reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer as intense. It also helps to desensitize the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings and body sensations. The body’s innate healing system is activated and dysfunctionally stored information evolves to a healthier direction.
How does it work?
We begin by asking the patient to recall the traumatic event while he/she also moves his/her eyes from side-to-side. The patient will hear a sound in each ear alternating, or feel a tap on each hand alternating. These side-to-side sensations seem to effectively stimulate the “stuck” processing system in the brain so that it can reprocess the information more like an ordinary memory, reducing its intensity.
Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?
EMDR is a complex therapeutic process that should always be delivered by properly trained therapists. It is suitable for adults, young people and children.
EMDR therapy is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but it can also help with a wide range of mental health conditions in people of all ages.
Why is EMDR a better option for me?
EMDR which is one of the most academically researched therapy models. It is recognized by many respectable national institutes all over the world such as: the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the World Health Organization (WHO), United Kingdom Department of Health, Northern Ireland Department of Health, USA Department of Defense, American Psychiatric Association.
Why are EMDR better than weekly sessions?
EMDR therapy allows for effective, fast and multi-layered results. In typical therapy sessions, therapists usually schedule 50 to 75 minute long sessions weekly. EMDR is the only form of treatment that can be done in consecutive days to target the underline issue.
EMDR therapy is used to treat intensive issues in an intensive and effective way, shortening the time span necessary to obtain visible results. Intensive EMDR is beneficial for people that are unable to commit to the once-a-week therapy sessions due to time restraints, distance or other personal reasons.
By using EMDR as an intensive approach, the results can be reached within hours or within consecutive days. A significant amount of healing can take place as the brain is allowed time and space for the processing the trauma without interruption of a 50 minutes weekly session. This approach is time-specific, goal-driven, depth-oriented and highly concentrated.
Patients, therefore, choose to deal with trauma or personal issues in a relaxed way during their stay in Antalya.