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How does EMDR work?

EMDR’s main mechanism of action is bilateral hemisphere stimulation.

EMDR-Eye-Movement-Desensitization-and-Reprocessing_3It is believed that “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” (EMDR) acts directly on the neuron paths in the brain essential for healing. EMDR’s main mechanism of action is bilateral hemisphere stimulation, the alternating stimulation of the brain’s right and left hemispheres. This can be done by tactile stimuli such as brief touches, acoustic signals, or even rapid eye movements. The theory states that the bilateral stimulation, the primary intervention offered in EMDR, results in synchronous interaction of both hemispheres of the brain to improve the brain’s processing of traumatic experiences. And, similar to the REM phase of nightly sleep, EMDR activates the brain’s power to heal itself by optimizing how the two halves of the brain work together. Traumas can thus frequently be processed better. The memories of traumatic experiences and any associated physical ailments tend to abate with EMDR, while positive thoughts start flowing on emotional level.

Treatment with bilateral stimulation currently has a number of uses, including recovery from trauma, addressing phobias and other fears, and supporting mourning. The last two applications reflect the increasing use of EMDR in coaching. The assumption that EMDR dissolves blockages in the brain and can help integrate incorrectly stored information has been established.

Is EMDR effective?
  • There are reports of numerous clients being significantly relieved after receiving EMDR to treat their post-traumatic stress disorder, and only after just a few sessions.
  • Therapists who use EMDR regularly observe that the method is often more effective than other available treatments. The success rate of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is particularly high when treating serious cases, in many cases leading to a rapid improvement in the clients’ condition.
  • In a survey of 445 therapists trained in EMDR who together had treated more than 10,000 clients, 76% of the respondents confirmed that EMDR was more effective than other treatment methods they use. Only 4% found the EMDR phases less effective.
  • According to studies, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing offers the same results as other treatment methods, but in less than half of the treatment hours.
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EMDR in Therapy

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