Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR) Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that has been gaining empirical evidence for the treatment of trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), depression, self-harm, and addiction.
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
EMDR is unpinned by the Adaptive Information Process (AIP) system and theory. This theory holds that our bodies innately know how to heal yet dysfunctional memory networks get in the way of this system working properly.
The AIP model explains and describes that the mental health symptoms we experience are just that ‘symptoms’ of a larger process that occurs in our body. The symptoms are signs that our body is under distress similarly to how when we have an infection our fever is a sign something is wrong.
By engaging in EMDR therapy the individual re-ignites this innate healing process and resolves dysfunctional components/aspects they have that influence symptoms in their lives.
Am I ready for EMDR Therapy?
Dissociation is a factor that EMDR therapists assess and monitor for as the protocol is completed. Dissociation can be a barrier in terms of EMDR therapy and progress; however, with the right interventions dissociation can be regulated.
A side note on dissociation – sometimes people view dissociation as inherently ‘bad’. These thoughts and perspectives are largely influenced through the media.
Dissociation is how your body survived or coped with whatever happened to you. It is one of our body’s innate protection mechanisms. Your body did what it was supposed to. Keep you alive.
What Can I Do Prepare for EMDR Therapy?
All people have different levels of awareness in their lives. Bringing that awareness back into your body can be an easy way build the mind-body connection that EMDR therapy works to align. Practicing mindfulness and grounding strategies can go a long way in helping to foster the development of dual awareness skills which is a skill that develops in Phase II of EMDR.
Where Do I Go to Learn More About EMDR Therapy?
Our blog on related EMDR articles is a great place to start. Otherwise, exploring the EMDR International Association’s website may be helpful too!
How to Do I Find An EMDR Therapist in Denver, Colorado?
Locating an EMDR trained provider via a google search is an easy way to start. You can also click here to schedule a free 20-minute consultation call with us to see how an EMDR therapist can help support you. We are trained in trauma therapy as well as EMDR therapy.