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EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy is a well-researched, proven effective treatment option for people recovering from trauma. It’s not just for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s also a useful treatment approach for depression, anxiety, and panic disorders.
The American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and countless other organizations recognize EMDR therapy as a viable treatment option for many patients.
During an EMDR session, patients don’t have to discuss the trauma. Instead of changing the emotions, thought patterns, and behaviors, EMDR focuses on allowing the brain to go through its natural healing process to resolve unprocessed trauma.
EMDR therapy is broken into five phases and requires multiple sessions to complete.
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Many professionals consider EMDR therapy a safe treatment option, with fewer side effects than prescription medication. That said, there are some side effects to be aware of:
Beyond side effects, it’s important to know that you won’t see or feel results overnight. It will take several sessions to feel the effects of EMDR therapy.
You may find yourself triggered at the beginning of therapy. In the short term, treatment may be intense as you work through the traumatic events. This can lead to emotional stress and exhaustion. Though it’s worth it in the long run, it’s crucial to be kind to yourself as you move through the phases of treatment.
If you or a loved one are dealing with trauma and wish to explore EMDR therapy, let the team at Magnified help. Call today and speak with an admissions counselor to learn more about our personalized treatment plans and how to get started.
Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.
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