Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

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  1. EMDR was designed first for post-traumatic stress, this method uses a combination of cognitive and behavioural techniques. First a behavioural assessment is done, imaginal flooding is used, and cognitive restructuring follows.
  2. EMDR requires that the client visualize an upsetting memory and accompanying physical sensations. The client repeats negative self-statements that he or she associates with the scene. The patient follows the therapist’s finger as it moves rapidly back and forth. After completing the eye movements, the client stops thinking about the scene. The procedure is repeated again and again until the client’s anxiety is reduced.
  3. EMDR therapists believe that when the traumatic memories are processed properly, psychological problems can be reduced. It is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).