The National Institute for Mental Health recognizes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that develops in those who have experienced dangerous, frightening, or shocking events. The effects of PTSD can cause harm to the health of the patient. These effects may also be detrimental to those surrounding the patient. Several therapies are effective in treating this disorder. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR) therapy is one of the most certified treatments for PTSD. If you want to know more about EDMR therapy, here is what you should consider.
Medical experts say that traumatic experiences add to the physical and psychological pathology of the patient. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is a technique that relieves psychological stress. EDMR sessions involve the recollection of the trigger or traumatic experiences. You need to recall those memories as your therapist controls your eye movements.
Specialists regard EMDR as effective. They know that remembering dreadful events becomes less disquieting when there’s a distraction. The technique exposes you to negative thoughts without experiencing intense psychological reactions. With frequent sessions, you become less affected by negative memories.
It's recommended to complete the eight stages of EMDR therapy. Expect to attend several sessions with your therapist:
History review and treatment outline. Your therapist will review your medical and psychological history. You will talk about your traumatic experience and pinpoint any other scary memory that needs specific treatment.
Preparation. Here, you will learn some coping mechanisms for your psychological or emotional stress. Your therapist will guide you through every technique. You can learn mindfulness and deep breathing to manage your stress.
Assessment. This phase is when your therapist identifies the memories that need special attention. Your therapist needs to determine the components that connect with those specific memories.
Desensitization. You will concentrate on your memories while performing eye movements or bilateral stimulation. Your therapist will ask you to recall the traumatic memory. This stage will go on until you no longer report the memory as frightening or alarming.
Installation. This stage reinforces the positive cognition of choice.
Body Scan. The body scan phase has something to do with your emotions and impulses. During the body scan phase, expect your therapist to ask you about the physical sensations you have when you think about the trauma. Your therapist will use bilateral stimulation to handle your distress if there is any.
Closure. This step ends the session. Here, your therapist will contain the session through techniques and special instructions.
Evaluation. Before checking your progress, your therapist will ask you to check it first.
Experts state that those who suffer from PTSD can benefit from EDMR therapy. This therapy works best for those who find it hard to talk about their past. At Dr. Allison Brownlee and Associates, we will always be ready to guide you through your EDMR therapy sessions. Please call us at 858-239-0975 if you want to make inquiries about EDMR or schedule an appointment. You are also welcome to visit our clinic in San Diego, California, for a walk-in consultation.