EMDR is usually used alongside other mental health and recovery technique to help patients better cope with traumatic memories.
Olympus Recovery offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy) as part of a comprehensive treatment program. This therapy aims to help patients better cope with traumatic memories to help treat mental disorders.
EMDR is usually used alongside other mental health and recovery techniques. It’s particularly helpful for patients who believe their memories are affecting their mental functioning and coping skills.
Developed in the 1980s, EMDR is relatively new, but it’s proven effective and is recognized by several respected organizations, including the World Health Organization.
Experts aren’t exactly sure why EMDR is successful, but some research indicates that EMDR is loosely connected with Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. The theory is that while a patient processes disturbing memories, the brain naturally associates certain emotions with the memories. EMDR trains the patient’s brain to replace these negative feelings with more positive thoughts instead.
EMDR isn’t recommended for every patient. Instead, a primary therapist performs an assessment to determine whether it’s appropriate for each individual. If the patient doesn’t seem to be affected by traumatic memories or possesses sufficient coping skills, other therapies may be more effective. However, it’s helpful and effective for many patients, particularly those suffering from PTSD.
Many clients feel empowered with EMDR. Traumatic events once controlled their thoughts, consistently pushing negative emotions, but EMDR helps reframe these memories into positive ones instead.
Perhaps more importantly, EMDR isn’t a particularly difficult or invasive therapy. There’s no lengthy homework, and the treatment works quickly when compared to other similar therapies.
EMDR has eight phases.
Olympus Recovery believes in developing a patient-centered treatment program that targets the therapies that are most beneficial for each person. If you believe EMDR may be helpful, please let us know. Our helpful, compassionate staff members are here to answer your questions and help you start your recovery journey.