Acorns n Bones Outreach Ministries Get Up, Be Raised Up, Grow!
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Dr. Tia Buchanan, M.A., Rev., NCCA LCCC, ABCST 13741, DMin.; M.A., M.S., CIT, CPT, CSSBB, NCC, LPCS/C, LAC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate SC Licensed Professional Counselor (6810) Licensed Addiction Counselor (178) NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor (13741)
Dr. Tia Buchanan, M.A., Rev., NCCA LCCC, ABCST 13741, DMin.; M.A., M.S., CIT, CPT, CSSBB, NCC, LPCS/C, LACLicensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate SCLicensed Professional Counselor (6810)Licensed Addiction Counselor (178)NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor (13741)

EMD^, EMDr, EMDR

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1990's.  Individuals being treated with this integragted method are asked to recall distressing images; the therapist directs the client in one type of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping.

 

Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model posits that EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution.

 

  1. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced.
  2. During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Therapist directed lateral eye movements are the most commonly used external stimulus and a variety of other stimuli including hand-tapping and audio stimulation are often used (Shapiro, 1991). 

 

Shapiro (1995, 2001) hypothesizes EMDR therapy facilitates accessing traumatic memory networks, and information processing is enhanced with new associations forged between the traumatic memory and adaptive memories or information.

 

These new associations are thought to result in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of cognitive insights. EMDR therapy uses a three pronged protocol: (1) past events that have laid the groundwork for dysfunction are processed, forging new associative links with adaptive information; (2) current circumstances that elicit distress are targeted, and internal and external triggers are desensitized; (3) imaginal templates of future events are incorporated, to assist the client in acquiring skills needed for adaptive functioning.

 

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are a result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show by using EMDR therapy clients experience benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

 

It is widely assumed severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows the mind CAN heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma! 

 

  1. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes. 
  2. EMDR therapy demonstrates a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. 
  3. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. 
  4. Once the block is removed, healing RESUMES.  Using detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

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