EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an extensively researched evidenced-based treatment approach for recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder and other past distressing life experiences contributing to emotional suffering and physiological arousal in the present.
Inadequately processed memories in trauma survivors can result in overly negative beliefs about self, others, and the world around them, as well as difficulties experiencing joy and gaining perspective in the present. If you are struggling to fully engage in your life and find yourself stuck repeating patterns that no longer serve you, this may be an indicator of inadequately processed experiences from your past.
Even when we are able to logically deduct the right path to take, we may struggle to take action because of negative thought patterns and beliefs rooting back to these past experiences.
EMDR works by allowing you with the help of your trained EMDR therapist to fully reprocess your past experiences and address present triggers in a way that reduces current symptoms, integrates new learnings, and reformulates core beliefs. During EMDR therapy the therapist will assist you in reprocessing emotionally disturbing material while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. This process allows more adaptive perspectives and beliefs to emerge resulting in the ability to make desired improvements in functioning.
Research on EMDR not only shows effectiveness of this type of therapy for healing from psychological trauma but also demonstrates gains made in treatment are maintained over time. EMDR has further been shown to bring about significant change in a shorter time period than supportive therapy alone, however requires a commitment to the process that will be worth the time invested.
Who can benefit from EMDR therapy (including but not limited to):
For more information on EMDR in Orlando, contact an EMDR therapist today at 407-592-8997.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.