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EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

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When someone has experienced deep emotional pain to the point of damaging their mental health, most of us assume that it takes years if not a lifetime to fully recover. Those who suffer from PTSD, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Phobias, Trauma, and other similar disorders have often lacked the means to overcome their burdens without a considerable length of time and effort. To that end, EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form a psychotherapy that works to alleviate the symptoms of such disorders that were once thought of as chronic symptoms. Research has shown EMDR to have extraordinary clinical success in these cases.

The general idea of EMDR is to heal emotional distress by unblocking the mind’s natural progression towards mental health. It works similarly to the way your body would work to heal itself after an injury. If a cut or abrasion becomes festered, the block needs to be removed for your body to complete the healing process. The same thing is true of emotional pain. When the brain’s information system is blocked by an emotionally scarring event, the block must be removed in order for the pain to be relieved. That is what EMDR is for. The EMDR process generally involves identifying the past experiences that are causing emotional pain, then allowing the brain to process that information in a healthy way. This allows the brain to begin processing information as it normally would once more. It is similar to what happens during REM (rapid eye movement) the process that causes dreaming. This process allows a person to experience disturbing material in a less distressing way and moving on from it without the pain they once had. At the Connections Wellness Group, we work to connect people with what matters most to them. Our team of exceptionally trained therapists is ready and available to help you find the right solution to your overall well-being and happiness.