EMDR anyone familiar with the therapy?

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cajunbrat
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   Posted 10/22/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I was asked today by my therapist if I would be interested in trying the latest and greatest (haha) therapy called EMDR(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It's suppose to be a psychotherapeutic approach in helping resolve symptoms resulting from exposure to a traumatic or distressing event by PTSD patients. It should help alot quicker than talk therapy, so they say. Hey, I hope it works! If anyone has tried it, had luck or knows someone that has, please share. Anxiously waiting to hear from ya'll! yeah
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Daisysmom
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   Posted 10/22/2007 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
hi,

emdr: it's really not new. i agreed to try it with my former psychologist (once) and it just did not do anything for me. my current psychologist has suggested it as well and i am just not comfortable and we haven't done it. there's quite a bit about it on the web if you want to read.

i don't want to say anything bad about it, it's just not for me. i have been in therapy with various people over the past 20 or so years and i think i have finally found somebody who really is getting at the core issues. so right now we are just talking and stuff and i don't want to do emdr at this time.

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   Posted 10/22/2007 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I've done some EMDR.  This was a few years ago.  I had a very trusting relationship with my psychologist and when she suggested it I just went with it.  The first time around was bizarre and kind of funny - I was talking about something that brought tears to my eyes and a few seconds later I burst out laughing.  Don't be surprised if you get some wacky reponse like that.  The research is very promising; just make sure you're doing it with a psychologist that you feel comfortable with.  Also, start off slow (you'll have to think of very specific incidents at first, to sort of "adjust" to the therapy).  Good luck and make sure to report back!

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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 10/23/2007 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi

I am a 3rd year psychology student, I moderate a forum for depression, and I hang my head in shame that I have never even heard of it! tongue I would love to know more though. Keep the responses coming!!!

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joy266
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   Posted 11/14/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently doing EMDR treatment. It has helped me some but I have done it two times so far. I really hope it works though. Read alot about it on the internet and it seems like a positive treatment. Time will tell.

sugar1110
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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had EMDR treatment. It was a God-send to me. In a nutshell, with my therapist's direction, I chose one specific memory (at a time), identified a negative thought/emotion associated with it and suggested a more positive thought. Then, the therapist moved her finger back and forth or up and down and asked me questions to help me process it. My issues were secondary trauma and adolescent abuse. I didn't realize going in that I would even address the adolescent abuse - I thought I had moved on. But it was surprisingly healing to me, allowing me to understand and forgive. It seemed like my mind/heart just wanted to go there. The secondary trauma also lessened its grip on me. For me, it was a great experience and worth the investment of minimal time.
 
Good luck to you if you decide to try it.

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   Posted 11/15/2007 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for giving us an idea of what EMDR is Sugar. Im glad that it has helped you and I hope that your information will get more people using it and healing them as well.
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