Lisa McLellan

If I were to define myself with two words, they would be: “adventurous dreamer.”I have lived life pursuing my dreams, sometimes in the face of great adversity, and continue to do so while I assist others who wish to overcome the challenges and obstacles life places in their path.

Understanding EMDR Therapy: What is it and How does it Work?

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a type of psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, particularly trauma. It is a relatively new form of therapy, having been developed in the late 1980s, but has since become widely recognized and used by mental health professionals.

EMDR is based on the idea that traumatic events can become “stuck” in the brain, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During EMDR therapy, a therapist guides a client through a process of recalling traumatic memories while engaging in bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, to help the brain process and integrate the memory.

The theory behind EMDR is that this bilateral stimulation helps to activate the brain’s natural information processing system, allowing the client to process and integrate the traumatic memory in a healthy way. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms and a greater sense of healing and resolution. Often times, with traumatic or difficult memories, there are negative cognitions about self or the world that begin to arise, such as “I’m not good enough.” In EMDR, negative cognitions that sometimes shape behaviors, are replaced with more positive, healthy cognitions.

EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has been found to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Many clients report significant improvements in their symptoms after just a few sessions of EMDR therapy. I’ve seen some incredible results using EMDR with my clients, and EMDR can be done as effectively through remote video sessions as in-person, which means anyone anywhere in BC can access it!

If you are considering EMDR therapy for yourself , it is important to work with a qualified and experienced therapist who has received specialized training in EMDR. This will ensure that the therapy is done safely and effectively, and that you receive the best possible care.

In conclusion, EMDR therapy is a powerful tool for healing trauma and reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. With the guidance of a trained and experienced therapist, it can help you to process and integrate traumatic memories in a healthy way, leading to greater mental health and wellbeing. 🙂

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