People who are dealing with traumatic memories and those who have PTSD are thought to benefit the most from EMDR therapy. PTSD often occurs after experiences such as abuse, war, childhood trauma/neglect, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.
Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma as much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.
How Effective is EMDR?
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions. Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims were no longer diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense.
EDMR is Helpful in Treating PTSD From:
- Childhood trauma
- Car accident
- Traumatic incident
- Flash backs/ Nightmares
- Domestic Violence