EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
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EMDR Therapy is a well-researched and empirically validated therapy that can accelerate healing from life’s many traumas. The World Health Organization lists EMDR as a first-line trauma therapy, and EMDR is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, Veterans Affairs and the International Society for Traumatic Stress (ISTSS) as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress. The experience of EMDR allows your body-mind to naturally process traumatic memories/experiences, untangling strong emotion from the memory—and freeing your present from the past.
Shapiro (2001) suggests that EMDR facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories to bring these to a healthy resolution. After successful treatment with EMDR, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced. During EMDR the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external bilateral stimulation, e.g. lateral eye movements, hand-tapping, or audio stimulation (Shapiro, 1991)
Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR therapy are recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD, anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, personality disorders, and other distressing life experiences (Maxfield, 2019). “Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR therapy aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive cognitions related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework.”
I am an advocate for meditation. However, trauma, anxiety and other emotional problems can interfere with the health benefits of meditation and can even make it hard to meditate at all. Fortunately, Energy Psychology can help.
~ Deepack Chopra, MD
Energy psychology is based on the broad theory that mental health and physical health conditions are related to an altered flow in the body’s energies and energy fields. The idea that the body’s energy can be shifted to produce emotional, mental, sometimes physical healing and spiritual development is a root of many ancient and holistic approaches to medicine and wellness.
Energy psychology research points to energetic interventions regulating energetic signal which when combined with evidence-based exposure retrains the brain and helps individuals overcome many physical and emotional reactions affecting health and well-being. Traumatic events trapped in the mind-body system can have a negative impact on a person's outlook, experiences, emotion regulation, and ability to relate to others. It has been demonstrated through peer review studies that energy psychology techniques can help a person in therapy release these events more rapidly than they might with talk- therapies alone.
Energy psychology approaches are one of the best ways to remove negative feelings and emotional blocks to achieving success.
~ Jack Canfield