EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.
Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create an overwhelming feeling of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.
EMDR uses cognitive reframing and guided imagery, along with intermittent occupation of the cerebral cortex through the use of bilateral stimulation in order to release arrested amygdala function, and to create bridges between emotions and memory.
Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyses and controls behavior and emotion). While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help.
Dr Derek Farell (2017) is explaining it simply: 'old disturbing memories can be stored in the brain in isolation; they get locked into the nervous system with the original images, sounds, thoughts and feelings involved. The old disturbing material just keeps getting triggered over and over again. This prevents learning / healing from taking place. In another part of your brain, you already have most information you need to resolve this problem; the two just cannot connect. Once EMDR starts, a linking takes place. New information can come to mind and resolve the old problems. This may be what happens spontaneously in REM or dream sleep when eye movements help to process unconscious material'.
EMDR sessions with me are 50-80 minutes long.
Preliminary consultations for EMDR therapy are 50 minutes long and the cost is €100.
My fee for 50-minutes EMDR sessions is €80.
My fee for 80-minutes EMDR sessions is €120.
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