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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as with most therapy approaches, focuses on the individual's present concerns. The EMDR approach believes past emotionally-charged experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself.
EMDR processing help you break though the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life.
EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you update disturbing experiences, much like what occurs during sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern help you process things that are troubling you.
EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternation between sets of eye movements and reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective.
EMDR focuses on the brain's ability to constantly learn, taking past experiences and updating them with present information.
EMDR uses a set of procedures to organize your negative and positive feelings, emotions, and thoughts, and then uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or alternating tapping, as the way to help you effectively work though those disturbing memories.
Once the disturbing experiences have been updated, you and your therapist will work together to integrate these new insights and perspectives into your daily life.
No, it is not necessary to talk about all the details of your experiences for them to be processed.
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No. During EMDR processing, you are present and fully in control.
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