Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. There is a wide range of events that can be defined as traumatic – from what might be considered the stuff of ordinary life such as divorce, illness, accidents, and bereavement to extreme experiences of war, torture, rape, and genocide.
It is believed that EMDR works by permitting the traumatic memories to be accessed and then processed both emotionally and cognitively, which allows for their resolution.
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Pathways Counseling Services, a Scottsdale counseling practice, utilizes a variety of rhythmic stimulation and/or facilitative eye movements in the person during the treatment.
When traumatic memories are accessed in a safe environment, it is believed that the processing of such memories is heightened and new links are made between the traumatic memories and more adaptive information. As a result, new information is processed, leading to the reduction and/or elimination of current problematic behaviors and feelings while new insights about the memories are developed.
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