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EMDR - November 8th 2010, 03:23 PM

My councillor wants me to have EMDR and I feel confused about the whole situation.

Basically I really struggle to deal with things that have happened in the past. Things from a few months ago back to thirteen years ago.

But I am unsure of how EMDR will help. I know it's something to do with eye movement and does something to disturbing past memories etc, but how does it actually work? If I were to have it, when I did, would it completely bring things back and make like, flashbacks worse? Would I be able to see it all happening and hear it all even more while having it done?

I am meeting this guy with my councillor in a few weeks, she booked an appointment with out me even agreeing. I know they will explain more then, but It's bothering me a bit.

Has anyone had this? And has it helped you?


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Re: EMDR - November 9th 2010, 07:15 AM

I've never done it but I did look into it before because it sounded interesting. To keep it short and simple, researchers aren't in complete agreement over how it works and why it works. The idea is to bring back past, present and memories of the future that are negative and disturbing. It's possible you may experience flashbacks outside of the therapy room but I'm not sure what research says on this, it seems intuitive though. There are several sessions starting with identifying memories and telling you how it works, then to make some positive mental images along with the negative ones. You recall the negative images or feelings and tell the therapist exactly what you're feeling. You then use the positive image or feeling to see how it relates and to comfort you. As you return to the negative one, because there is significant neurological changes, you may feel physical pain somewhere and tell it to the therapist. Later, the therapist does ask how you're coping outside of therapy and to set new goals.

You may hear, feel, smell, taste and/or see the things while in therapy and while out of therapy. While in therapy, that's encouraged but at the same time, the therapist would try to have you relax so it's not too overwhelming.

The eye movements come when you're recalling the negative and positive images or feelings, and they do change from going to positive to negative. Their movement is because you're mentally recalling things in detail, your eyes move as if the thing were in front of you (happens for all memories not only this). Desensitization comes when you overcome it and move onto a more negative one while having less distress outside therapy. The idea is to change the negative cognition to a move positive one.

That's my summary of it, it's a bit longer than I had thought but hopefully you read it all. It's vague because the details are in neuropsychology and neurology, which I don't feel like discussing here as they're advanced.

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