EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro observed that her distressing emotions were
eliminated by the rapid movement of her eyes. Dr. Shapiro continued to study this effect
scientifically with colleagues and clients experiencing traumatizing stress, particularly
post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Many of us experience traumas that remain "frozen" in our brain, nervous system, and
sometimes, body. Since cutting edge science has discovered that also "frozen" in and
contaminate our emotional, spiritual and energy systems. This usually creates negative
beliefs, which in turn, distort our self perception of how we perceive what we are
experiencing in the world. Since the Many of us experience traumas that remain "frozen"
in our brain, nervous Many of us experience traumas that remain "frozen" in our brain,
nervous system, and sometimes, body. Since cutting edge science has discovered that
system, and sometimes, body. Since cutting edge science has discovered that the "mind"
resides outside of the brain, I personally believe these traumas are the "mind" resides
outside of the brain, I personally believe these traumas are also "frozen" in and
contaminate our emotional, spiritual and energy systems. This usually creates negative
beliefs, which in turn, distort our self perception of how we perceive what we are
experiencing in the world. Since the "hard-wiring" of the brain projects these inner
realities onto the outside world, we rarely have the opportunity to experience life for what
it really is. This phenomenon of projection causes us to see the world as we are, not as it
really is. Therefore we contain an abundance of repressed memories & beliefs in our
unconscious. Most people function using 10-20% conscious behavior and 80-90%
unconscious behavior. EMDR assists one in uncovering the faulty, underlying, negative
beliefs about ourselves and the world, to alter our behaviors and ultimately find
happiness.  We can do this by bringing the dis-empowering beliefs to the conscious level
and "unfreeze" the trauma;  we can then process it with empowering techniques of
EMDR.  EMDR can empower a person to create positive and dynamic experiences in
their life.

EMDR appears to work similarly to R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) phase of the feelings.
EMDR has the potential to process and desensitize the negative thoughts, feelings and
body sensations out of our system.

My personal, clinical experience with some clients is that it can be a safe and effective
way to process and eliminate anger and rage.

People often talk about therapy as being a way to "peel back the layers of the onion".
One colleague of mine describes EMDR like "opening the petals of an
Clients have reported that the intensity of the feelings at the event become much less or
are gone in most cases, and they experience themselves and life in a "new way". Friends,
family members and co-workers often give feedback that they notice positive changes in
clients as well.

Spiritual experiences can also evolve if the client is so inclined to be open to that aspect
of themselves and their journey.

It is estimated that approximately 1/2 million people of all ages have received relief from
distressful psychosocial conditions and situations through the use of EMDR.

In 1995, Wilson, Becker and Tinker published research results in the Journal of
Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  In the study, 80 subjects with post- traumatic stress
demonstrated a significantly decreased level of discomfort after EMDR treaments.
 
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