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What is EMDR Therapy?

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


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is a safe and highly successful treatment for PTSD. The first step in an EMDR therapy program in NJ is meeting with your therapist and sharing your history and symptoms. Your EMDR therapy provider will also take an assessment and share strategies to help you deal with stress and triggers.


During an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing treatment session, a trained and licensed therapist will ask you to recall a traumatizing memory while completing a specific eye movement, such as rapidly moving your eyes from left to right. You will then openly identify all of the emotions and thoughts you had.


EMDR therapy can help you learn how to cope better with your symptoms and effectively deal with triggers. Another significant benefit of EMDR therapy is that it can be utilized with other evidence-based and holistic treatments. EMDR therapy is also highly adaptable to your specific needs, making it a flexible and effective PTSD treatment.


An EMDR therapy session typically doesn't last for more than one hour. After EMDR therapy sessions, your therapist will discuss your progress and key in on certain factors that will benefit your recovery.

How Does EDMR Therapy Work?

EMDR therapy is customized to your specific trauma and needs. EMDR helps you access and process traumatic memories while bringing you to a healthy resolution.


This is done by addressing traumatizing memories while completing different eye movements, hand-tapping, and audio stimulations.


After recalling your memories, your EMDR therapist will ask you to discuss all of the emotions and thoughts you experienced during that time. The overall goal is to create new, positive associations with traumatic memories.


EMDR Therapy Follows a Three-Pronged Belief:

    1. Processing the past events that have laid the groundwork for dysfunction and forging new associative links with new information
    2. Targeting the current circumstances that elicit distress and desensitizing internal and external triggers
    3. Incorporating imagined templates of future events to help you acquire the skills needed to adapt to new associations

EMDR must be done by a trained therapist as it is a specialized type of therapy. Sessions last no more than one hour each and studies have shown that EMDR therapy can be very beneficial. It does not require the use of any medication, has few side effects, and is highly effective.

Your therapist will learn about your trauma(s) and develop a treatment plan for you to follow. Initial treatment may focus on experiences from your childhood rather than those that have taken place as an adult.

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