- Decreases the intensity of emotional distress
- Closure to your past
- Experience the world/environment in new way
- Decrease the intensity of triggers, urges and craving in one's addiction
- Utilizes the brain's own natural healing and processing ability
- It is an effective and relatively short term intervention
What to Expect in an EMDR Session?
At first, I will learn what negative or traumatic experiences you may have gone through that are causing fear, anxiety, depression, a sense of being stuck or compulsive behaviors. We will identify specific memories, disturbing images or sounds, body sensations, feelings and emotions, and the negative beliefs related to those memories. Then, while holding that information, we will use bi-lateral (both sides of your body) stimulation,tones and pulses, that will help you gain better access to the specific memory. The bi-lateral stimulation is done until you find the memory has lost it's intensity of disturbance or you experience a feeling of safety and empowerment.
Each client will process information differently and the time it takes varies as will. Some people will notice a difference immediately while others take several sessions to notices changes in their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. EMDR sessions generally are 60 or 90 minutes long.
After an EMDR session is over, some clients may experience light headedness, emotional reactivity, a headache and vivid dreams, just to name a few. Most people's reaction is mild and quickly subsides following the session. Increased focus on self care therefore can be very beneficial to relieve any negative side effects that may occur.