I’m interested in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy because it is known as one of the most effective treatments for people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I first heard about EMDR from my friends Miss Bookworm and Miss Poet. Both are sexual assault survivors that have partaken in the therapy after suffering from PTSD.
The therapy was developed by American psychologist, Francine Shapiro after a chance observation that eye movements decreased disturbing thoughts and memories. There are eight phases to EMDR, and is shown in the chart above.
I’ve heard different opinions about EMDR. Miss Bookworm, had difficulty with the therapy because she always felt exhausted after every session. Mr. Squigglekins believes that Cognitive Behavior Therapy would be a more effective therapy because it gets at the heart of the trauma. Miss Poet told me she liked EMDR and didn’t have negative effects, unlike Miss Bookworm. My other friend, Miss Tennessee, said it was an effective treatment for her daughter after she experienced the suicide of her boyfriend. When I looked on Amazon, Shapiro’s self-help book, Getting Past your Past: Take control of your life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy, has 74% five star rating.
My research shows that EMDR is an effective treatment, but it’s not for everyone. It depends on the personality and problems that are being dealt. If EMDR works for you, that’s great. If it doesn’t, investigate other therapies, such as Dialetical behavior therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, etc. The point of therapy is to help people have an effective tool box to handle the stresses and curve balls of life.
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