What does EMDR treat?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was originally discovered to work with clients who have a history of trauma and have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, over the years it is becoming integrated into treatment for other issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addictions, attachment and self-esteem issues, and many other matters that have an emotional or physical distress component associated with them.
EMDR is a specialized technique that requires specific training. Therefore, not all therapists practice this type of therapy. Barcelona Counseling provides therapists who have been specially trained to treat many issues with EMDR.
How an EMDR session looks like?
During the EMDR session, the client focuses on a troubling memory and identifies the emotions/feelings, the physical sensations that the memory causes, and the negative belief connected to this memory. For example, in dealing with a memory where the client experienced lack of love from parents, the person may believe “I am not good enough”, might feel sad and lonely, and might feel a tension on the stomach area. When those are identified, the client proceeds to imagine helpers or resources to deal with those negative emotions, sensations, and self-believes. By imagining that the client is receiving help, the client starts feeling more positive emotions, physical sensations, and starts experiencing positive self-believes like: “I am good enough”.
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