Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Studies have shown that EMDR can help reduce the emotional stress stemming from traumatic memories and experiences. EMDR replaces negative emotional reactions to difficult memories with less-charged or positive reactions or beliefs. Performing a series of back and forth, repetitive eye movements for 20-30 seconds is helpful to clients for changing of the damaging emotional reactions. During EMDR therapy, the brain is stimulated with back and forth eye movements, specific sequences of tapping, or musical tones. Simultaneously, the client stimulates memories by recalling a traumatic event.

Is EMDR an Effective Tool for PTSD and Trauma?

EMDR was first developed in the 1980s by Francine Shaprio. She noticed that certain eye movements reduced the intensity of a disturbing thought. After conducting a study with trauma victims, her findings were published in the 1989 edition of Journal of Traumatic Stress. According to an article published by Time Magazine, 50 to 60 percent of people who suffer from PTSD are also dealing with addiction. Additionally, according to the journal Clinical Psychology, people with PTSD are also 3 to 4 times as likely to suffer from an addiction, in comparison to their peers who do not have PTSD. EMDR is recognized as an effective treatment for PTSD and trauma nationally and worldwide.

EMDR is not recognized as a one-session treatment to PTSD and trauma. Typically, the first session addresses the client's history with PTSD and trauma. During later sessions, the therapist will help the client identify a specific traumatic memory as a target. Later sessions involve the client keeping a weekly log of experiences and working through various negative experiences. Typically, EMDR therapy unfolds through an eight-phase treatment protocol. Various studies have indicated that as many as seven to eight sessions are needed for EMDR to be effective.

EMDR Therapy at The View

The View provides EMDR as an additional service to our clients. Our luxurious 6-bed facility features a pool, hot tub, and a breathtaking patio. Clients benefit from a relaxing, safe, and comfortable environment. Core services include individual therapy, group psychotherapy, and stress reduction groups. Each client gets dedicated around-the-clock nursing care, a safe environment, and can stay as long as they'd like at our comfortable facility. Give us a call at (877) 310-4343 today.