Q: What is EMDR Therapy? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a multi-phase form of therapy that helps clients overcome negative emotions and thoughts associated with images from their past or future experiences.
Q: What is the theory behind EMDR? EMDR is based on information processing theory. Information processing theory says multiple elements (thoughts, feelings, images) of an experience are stored as memories in accessible and useful forms in the brain. However since emotions and cognitions are stored in different places in the brain, what you know and what you feel are sometimes very different.
Q: How does EMDR work? In the session the client is guided to create an imagery that is associated with distress, Dr. Jayme then helps the client uncover and challenge associated emotions and core beliefs. Next the client is guided through a series of neurologically calming and brain balancing exercises such as eye movements or bi-later hand vibrations. This process continues until the client no longer has significant distress associated with the imagery and can feel positive, safe and secure.
Q: Who can do EMDR? EMDR sessions focus on reprocessing the information associated with past, present or future experiences that are experienced in an overly emotional or reactive way. Clients who have experienced traumas (small and large), adjustment problems, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are great candidates for EMDR. In addition EMDR has been effective in overcoming phobias and performance anxiety and reactive depressions.
Q: How is CBT combined with EMDR and biofeedback? Emdr therapy can be done as a solo therapy or as an adjunct to another therapy such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Biofeedback and Yoga Therapy. It combines well with CBT because in both therapies the client is uncovering core beliefs and working on establishing more neutral and positive beliefs. The biofeedback assist the client in feeling calming and controlling their body sensations while revisiting the imagery.