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How EMDR works with PTSD

After losing her daughter, Lucy struggled with symptoms of PTSD for several years. She had tried different forms of talking therapy and it helped her to go back to work and start seeing friends again but she was still struggling with flashbacks, anxiety and occasional panic attacks. She found it difficult to find any meaning in life.

It wasn't until Lucy was introduced to EMDR therapy that she began to see progress in her healing journey. She was able to gain a new perspective on her loss and develop more positive and adaptive beliefs about herself and the world around her.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a type of psychotherapy that is often used in the treatment of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). EMDR therapy involves a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, such as tapping, vibration or sounds, while the individual focuses on a traumatic memory or negative belief.

The theory behind EMDR therapy is that the eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation help to reprocess the traumatic memory and the negative emotions associated with it, leading to a decrease in PTSD symptoms. EMDR therapy also includes techniques to help the individual develop more positive and adaptive beliefs about themselves and the world around them.

Research has shown that EMDR therapy can be an effective treatment for PTSD. It has been found to be as effective as other forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, and may even be more effective in some cases. EMDR therapy is also a relatively short-term treatment, with some individuals experiencing significant improvement in their symptoms after just a few sessions.

If you believe you are suffering from PTSD or other effects of trauma please contact STREAM. We are here to help.


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