Jaime G. Miralles
|Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, non-traditional type of psychotherapy. It’s growing in popularity, particularly EMDR for PTSD, for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have also used it for Fear of Flying and for Sports Performance anxiety, when there have been traumatic experiences or childhood traumatic experiences.
Seeing an online EMDR therapist might be a good solution for a number of people, but there may be a few things you don’t know about this modality of therapy. In this article, we take a look at some online EMDR therapy, that can help you better understand how it works and if it can effectively support your needs. to know how much does EMDR Therapy costs visit Online Therapy Cost Page.
Therapists and counsellors use EMDR to help clients process traumatic memories that bring back feelings of fear, anxiety, or sadness. This is achieved by having clients process those memories using bilateral stimulation moving their eyes back and forth while focusing on a photo or thought.
|What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and how does it work?|
Pre-Session Preparation: Therapists conduct a pre-session assessment to determine how to proceed. They review the client’s history, trying to determine whether EMDR is appropriate for their particular situation. You can listen about how to prepare for online therapy before starting therapy online in my podcast.
Bilateral Stimulation: Clients are required to move their eyes from side to side while focusing on an object, image, or thought. Therapists use objects like playing cards or coloured beads.
Reprocessing: During reprocessing, clients are asked to revisit troubling memories and focus on the emotions they feel. Therapists provide cues as needed, but clients are encouraged to process the memories themselves.
An Online EMDR Therapists review progress with clients and answer any questions they have. Therapists monitor clients’ progress and determine whether additional sessions are necessary. Post-Session Follow-Up. Therapists schedule follow-up sessions to ensure clients’ progress. EMDR sessions are usually 90 minutes long. The number of sessions needed depends on a person’s reason for seeking treatment.
The basics of EMDR are relatively easy to understand. First, you create a list of disturbing memories. Then you identify disturbing images associated with the memories–for instance, a face, a place, an object. Next, you pair the images with the memories, creating an association, and this association is repeated a number of times. During the actual EMDR procedure, you observe a sequence of eye movements, which run alongside a light dot, that is becasue sometimes is refered to EMDR light bar therapy. The idea is to move your eyes left to right, as if you were in the REM sleep cycle.
Online EMDR therapy, also called virtual EMDR. It uses computer-based software to help patients make connections between what their brains are remembering, and where the traumatic event took place. EMDR therapist online usually schedule appointments over the Internet using Zoom, or Skype or similar, and last about 90 minutes.
It can be a good option for people who want to get treatment but can’t easily get to an office. Recent evidence suggests that online EMDR can be an effective treatment for trauma.