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EMDR Therapy with RAFT Counseling

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specialized therapy designed to help individuals overcome past traumas and difficult experiences. Conducted by trained EMDR therapists, this therapy utilizes various techniques to guide clients through the healing process. These techniques include eye movements, handheld tappers, or auditory stimulation to help desensitize and reprocess negative emotions associated with traumatic memories.

EMDR therapy also incorporates coping strategies to manage negative thoughts and feelings that may arise during treatment. This evidence-based therapy has proven effective in helping individuals move beyond traumatic events and improve their overall well-being.  Additionally, EMDR has been found to be helpful in enhancing sports performance and aiding athletes in overcoming mental blocks and performance anxiety. If you are struggling with past trauma and seeking relief from your symptoms, EMDR may be an appropriate and beneficial option for you.

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Overcoming Obstacles with EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy effectively treats a range of mental health issues, including PTSD, addiction, and phobias. It helps clients process challenging emotions and experiences within a safe, controlled setting. If you're feeling stuck, EMDR offers a pathway forward and is also integrated into treatments for anxiety and depression.

During EMDR sessions, you will typically concentrate on troubling events or memories while tracking a light bar. EMDR processing can also occur without lights and eye movements. EMDR Processing can also be done without lights and eye movements. Hand held tappers, tones, and tapping on one's own body, are all ways to stimulate bilateral processing. Your therapist at RAFT Counseling will partner with you to find the best way for you.

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How Does EMDR Work?

Bilateral stimulation, a key component of EMDR therapy, involves the use of alternating sensory stimuli, such as eye movements, auditory tones, or tapping, which stimulate both sides of the brain. This process is believed to facilitate the reprocessing of traumatic memories and emotions, helping individuals to feel better and achieve emotional healing.

Here's how bilateral stimulation supports feeling better:

  1. Activation of Both Brain Hemispheres: Bilateral stimulation activates both the left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously. This dual activation is thought to mimic the natural processing that occurs during REM sleep, which is when the brain consolidates memories and processes emotions.

  2. Integration of Traumatic Memories: Traumatic memories are often stored in a fragmented and isolated manner in the brain, making them difficult to process and causing distressing symptoms. Bilateral stimulation helps to integrate these fragmented memories with more adaptive information, allowing for a more coherent and less distressing narrative.

  3. Reduction of Emotional Intensity: During EMDR therapy, bilateral stimulation helps to desensitize the emotional intensity associated with traumatic memories. This can lead to a decrease in the emotional distress and physiological arousal that individuals experience when recalling or thinking about traumatic events.

  4. Enhanced Cognitive Flexibility: Bilateral stimulation is believed to enhance cognitive flexibility, which refers to the brain's ability to shift between different tasks and perspectives. This can help individuals to reframe their beliefs about themselves and the traumatic event, promoting a more adaptive and positive outlook.

  5. Facilitation of Emotional Regulation: By stimulating both sides of the brain, bilateral stimulation may promote better emotional regulation. This can help individuals to manage and cope with distressing emotions more effectively, reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.

  6. Accelerated Processing: The dual stimulation of bilateral processing is thought to accelerate the therapeutic process compared to traditional talk therapies. This can lead to quicker and more lasting improvements in symptoms and overall well-being.

Overall, bilateral stimulation in EMDR therapy supports feeling better by promoting the reprocessing and integration of traumatic memories, reducing emotional distress, enhancing cognitive flexibility, and facilitating emotional regulation. These effects contribute to a sense of resolution and healing from past traumas, helping individuals to move forward with their lives in a more positive and adaptive manner.

EMDR for Positive Growth

EMDR therapy can also be applied for positive processing and improvements, such as enhancing sports performance. It has been demonstrated to effectively stimulate both sides of the brain simultaneously through various types of eye movement, helping patients to reframe negative events in a more positive light. This approach can be particularly advantageous for athletes aiming to boost their performance or enhance their mindset for competitions. By processing negative thoughts and reinforcing positive connections, EMDR can support your progress towards achieving your goals.

A skilled EMDR therapist is crucial for the successful implementation of EMDR therapy. This therapist should possess specialized training and experience in EMDR techniques, along with a deep understanding of the underlying mechanisms of this treatment. The RAFT Counseling Team offers a range of tailored interventions to support you in living intentionally. Contact us today to connect with our team and begin shaping your future!

At RAFT Counseling, we have therapists trained in EMDR who are eager to integrate it into your therapy to help you achieve your goals!

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EMDR can be used in a variety of ways to facilitate processing areas keeping you stuck. Research indicates that EMDR can be helpful for a range of different challenges and goals including:
  • Trauma processing includin g Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), processing of single traumatic events, acute stress disorder, and adjustment disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety
  • Depression Disorders including Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Pain
  • Performance anxiety including sports performance enhancement

Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., discovered a connection between people's eye movements and persistent impactful memories in the late 1980s. Driven by her personal insight, Dr. Shapiro began an extensive study of EMDR therapy, a unique form of eye movement therapy that had the potential to help people overcome various trauma - related disorders.

Throughout t he course of her work, Dr. Shapiro encountered much skepticism from those around her. However, her dedication and passion for EMDR counseling allowed her to continue developing this treatment method into a formal therapeutic process grounded in years of ri gorous research and clinical trials.

Today, EMDR therapy is considered one of the most effective treatments for trauma by major organizations. Millions of individuals from all across the globe have benefited from EMDR counseling under Dr. Shapiro's guidan ce and expertise, further cementing her status as a pioneer in eye movement therapy techniques.

When psychologist Francine Shapiro first began to uncover the healing potential of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, she could never have anticipated the incredible impact that her discovery would have on the field of mental health. Dr. Shapiro's groundbreaking research paved the way for EMDR therapy to become a pillar of trauma - informed mental health care, helping countless indiv iduals to overcome their psychological wounds and move forward in their lives with newfound strength and resilience.

Today, as more and more people turn to EMDR therapy for help with everything from PTSD to anxiety disorders, we are grateful for Dr. Shapi ro's tireless efforts that truly make it possible for so many people to wake up each day with hope in their hearts and confidence in their abilities. While Dr. Shapiro may no longer be with us in this world, her vision lives on through all those who have b een touched by her work and devotion to improving our collective mental health.