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If you’ve experienced a traumatic event resulting in injury to your vision, EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, is an effective, therapy-based solution to standard cognitive techniques. It marries regular side-to-side eye movements and psychological therapy techniques in order to reinforce stronger coping mechanisms and neural networks.

It can be especially traumatising to experience any sort of accident or related trauma, which is why here at WeCure, we work to connect you with specialist therapists, doctors and solutions such as EMDR, no matter where in the world you are. Health tourism is a growing industry that has allowed patients all over the world to receive treatment like EMDR. Here’s everything you need to know about it!

 

What Does EMDR Treat?

EMDR is used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by working to heal deep-seated cognitive wounds while retaining a patient’s current mental narrative. It maximises the use of your body’s own abilities in order to influence your thoughts as opposed to creating new perspectives and rationalisations.

 

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR is a collection of traditional psychological conversation therapy methods and techniques to connect eyes and memory. A therapist will first ask a patient to focus on the source of their trauma, then use a pattern of finger movements for the patient to follow with their eyes. This will help allow the patient to re-focus their consciousness away from the incident and give their natural defences time to create a safe and sufficient mental distance from the traumatic memory.

Over a series of sessions, the body, through repetitions, can learn to cope with the trauma. Learning through muscle memory can separate the negative thoughts associated with the event by following the thought up with a neutral or positive outcome. On the whole, the procedure relies on harnessing the body’s physical, mental, and physiological resources in order to desensitise them from traumatic details.

 

An Overview of the Treatment Process

EMDR therapy normally consists of eight sessions, each over the course of 90 minutes. EMDR therapists will first conduct a standard psychological evaluation by gathering the patient’s thoughts regarding the traumatic incident. The treatment will then explore how these emotions might be impacting the patient’s mental state.

As the EMDR session begins, the client will be seated in front of the therapist, who will use side-to-side finger movements to encourage repeated bilateral eye movements. The therapist will take advantage of the reassuring environment of the clinic to move the patient’s traumatic thoughts to the edge of consciousness. In place of previous cognitive patterns, patients can then form newer and more productive mental associations. Over time, continued EMDR therapy can create positive mental pathways and replace harmful negative memories. Patients will then be better equipped to use internal resources to move away from disruptive thoughts and habits and achieve a freer, happier self-identity.

 

Conclusion

EMDR Therapy has been proven to help people overcome anxiety associated with trauma. Early traumatic experiences can affect an individual throughout their life. Managing anxiety, depression and other linked conditions can help in living a happier, more fulfilling life.

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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, traumaaddiction, 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.

Getting Help

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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