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EMDR Therapy

EMDR can be a valuable alternative for people who have not gotten relief from their mental health or addiction symptoms. It can also be a good treatment for those seeking an alternative option for mental health or addiction symptoms support. EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and it is one of the most recent types of available mental health treatments. It focuses on helping people to heal from trauma or negative experiences that cause emotional and mental distress.

These events often contribute significantly to a person’s mental health disorder or addiction, even when they happened many years ago. By working through these issues with EMDR, you can find more complete healing for long-term mental and physical wellness.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy is a type of therapy that uses light to stimulate and change your eye movements. It was specifically designed for treating PTSD patients in the 1980s. In recent years, however, it has been effective in helping people with other types of mental health disorders. EMDR can help people overcome their negative experiences to lead fulfilling, happy, and healthy lives free of their mental health symptoms.

How Does Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy Work?

The reason behind why EMDR works isn’t yet fully understood. Nevertheless, scientists have found that there is a connection between eye movement and how we process negative memories and emotions. During an EMDR session, a therapist trained in this technique will have you experientially heal from your traumatic event. The trained therapist will guide you through the experience of reprocessing by gently controlling your eye movements – it doesn’t even require talking about your trauma for the therapy to work. Then, your therapist will help you to replace the negative emotions you associate with this event with more positive ones. Over time, EMDR sessions reduce the impact trauma has on your mental and physical health, hence helping you heal.

Benefits of EMDR Therapy

For most people who experience trauma in their lives, it is very difficult to move past it. Trauma shapes the way that you think and feel and the way that you react to new situations. This can make it difficult to live a normal life. People who have experienced trauma can develop a range of mental health issues, from PTSD to chronic anxiety. In addition to mental health disorders, they are more likely to develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol. EMDR helps people to overcome the influence that trauma has on their daily lives. Lastly, it can be used in conjunction with other treatments like medication and behavioral therapy.

EMDR Therapy for Mental Health

EMDR is very effective in helping to reduce the symptoms of various mental health conditions, especially PTSD and anxiety. The biggest benefit of this therapy for mental health conditions is that it provides long-lasting symptom relief. One study found that a single one to two-hour EMDR therapy session was effective in reducing or eliminating anxiety for four weeks. It continued to mention that continued treatment helped reduce or eliminate symptoms of PTSD.

EMDR Therapy Dual Diagnosis

One of the common threads for many people who are suffering from an addiction is that they have been a victim of traumatic experiences. It may be that their trauma led them to try and self-medicate their mental health symptoms with substance use. In contrast, it may be that substance abuse has led to traumatic events. Either way, EMDR can be a safe and effective treatment option to achieve sobriety and avoid relapse.

Who Might Benefit from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy?

One of the biggest advantages of EMDR is that it does not rely on any type of medication. Because of this, you can use it as a part of your treatment plan without having to worry about drug interactions. This translates to not getting used to yet another new medication for example. Therapists who are trained in EMDR techniques can use them to address a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Depressive disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Mental abuse
  • Personality disorders
  • Physical abuse
  • PTSD and other trauma/stress-related disorders
  • Sexual abuse

Begin EMDR Therapy Today

If you still carry the negative mental and emotional effects of past trauma, EMDR may be a good option to help you overcome them. At Mind Body Optimization, we are proud to offer EMDR therapy, therefore helping you address your trauma in a safe environment. Additionally, our team of mental health professionals is here to help you decide if EMDR is right for you. We are also here to help to schedule your initial appointment.

You don’t have to continue to let trauma control how you act and feel. Get the help that you deserve to overcome your addiction or mental health symptoms by contacting us today. We are here to help guide you every step of the way and will be here for you as long as you need us. Contact us today, and see the difference that EMDR therapy can make in your happiness and quality of life.

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