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EMDR Therapy Treats Extreme Trauma and Violence

Can you recommend a therapy for people who experience extreme trauma and were not helped by the typical psychologist or psychiatrist?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) helps treat emotional issues of all types, including childhood trauma, automobile accidents, assault, natural disasters, sexual assault, personal failures, divorce, panic attacks, phobias, sexual addiction, computer or Nintendo addiction, and combat trauma. This is can be very effective for a person that has been gang raped or assaulted by a gang or in a riot.

Can you please describe this technique?

The doctor must initially analyze the patient’s current situations which trigger unemotional disturbance and evaluate past traumatic events. Does the patient currently have the needed coping skills to prevent any similar circumstances from arising? If the patient has the skills, then the doctor may move forward.

A specific memory or event is identified and processed using EMDR Therapy Vancouverr procedures. The patient identifies the most specific image related to the memory and whatever negative feelings of self-worth which are tied to this event. This is processed along with the sensations and feelings of the patient tied to this event. These feelings may include fear, nausea, headaches, crying, trauma, and inadequacy. The patient is given a positive image and belief to substitute for the problematic feeling or event. The intensity of the negative emotions should diminish during this treatment and a positive emotion will root the patient.

The doctor helps the patient focus on the event and negative feeling while body sensations are created. The patient moves his eyes rapidly and follows following the doctor’s fingers as they move for approximately 30 to 60 seconds. The eye movements are used by all doctors and some doctors may add auditory sounds and tapping similar to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). The doctor asks the patient to describe the sensations which are being processed. This therapy can work wonders for people experiencing massive amounts of fear and physical trauma.

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