What is EMDR/ ART Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) are integrative psychotherapy approaches that have been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.
How does EMDR/ART work?
EMDR/ART therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.
EMDR/ART seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR/ART to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect.
What does EMDR/ART help?
EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Dissociative Orders
- Disturbing Memories
- Pain Disorders
- Performance Anxiety
- Stress Reduction
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Body Dysmorphic Disorders
- Personality Disorders
None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?
Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?
If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR/ART therapy. Contact me today for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR/ART might help you release what no longer serves you.