What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR is an acronym for the term “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing”. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy used to treat individuals that have experienced some form of trauma in the past. Individuals in need of this type of psychotherapy are often plagued by painful memories related to death, neglect or abuse. In the mental health field, EMDR therapy is often ideal for individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an anxiety disorder.
EMDR therapy is a relatively new methodology compared to older but similar treatment models like cognitive behavioral therapy. American psychologist Francine Shapiro began developing EMDR therapy during the late 1980’s and published her first book on EMDR in 1995. The book detailed the eight phases of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. The process involves a patient conducting fast and rhythmic eye movements as directed by a clinician. EMDR works by accessing the brain’s traumatic memory network in order to interrupt and repair the individuals’ perception of those past experiences. Once those negative thought processes are disrupted, healing can slowly begin.
The symptoms seen most often in clients that could benefit from EMDR therapy include
- Experiences frequent panic attacks.
- Has a number of phobias.
- Has social or performance anxiety.
- Has a history of sexual or physical abuse.
- Has a history of drug and or alcohol abuse.
- Has a history of personality disorders.
Today, many reputable organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense recognize EMDR therapy as an effective form of mental health treatment. If yourself or a loved one are experiencing difficulties with anxiety or trauma, Pasadena Villa has a staff of accredited clinicians that can help. Our Social Integration Model™ specializes in preparing our patients for life after treatment. Your recovery is our primary goal. We currently offer treatment at two residential locations in both Orlando, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee, and outpatient services in Raleigh, North Carolina. To learn more about enrolling into one of our treatment programs please call 877-845-5235 to schedule your free assessment or fill out our contact form.