EMDR Eye Movement Theropy

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   Posted 8/3/2005 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
hi all well i have moved into another phase of my counseling.  I'm kind of nervous about this next phase.  I've never done anything like this before.  My counselor wants to use a process called EMDR Eye Movement Theropy with me.  Its supposed to be a faster way of getting to the root of my depression.  I haven't had an opportunity to read much on it and was wondering if anyone had experienced this kind of theropy and what I can expect.  Any time I go for any kind of treatment I like to have an idea of what to expect.  She told me that during the process I may have more vivid dreams, I might have some realizations, and some ahh ha's.  She said I might experience a bit more stress and anxiety as we work through the problems at hand.  She suggested that I mention this to my pshyc dr in case my meds need to be changed during this time.  I want to do this but at the same time I don't necessarily want to deal with those memories that I've pushed so far into the back of my mind but their maybe something there that's I don't know.  I just don't know much about this.  I want to tell my husband about this next phase to give him a heads up but I don't want him to think I'm nuts or that my counselor is a quack.  So I want to read up on it as much as I can before I tell him.  Any insight to this kind of theropy would be helpful.  its something I've never heard of before.

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   Posted 8/3/2005 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I have heard of this before... is this similar to hypnosis? I think I will do some research on this. I know that this may be scary for you to bring back some of those memories but if they don't come out, they will haunt you forever if even just in your subconcious mind. Let me know how this goes... I'm really interested in this.
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   Posted 8/3/2005 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone interested in more information I found a pretty good website;
www.emdr-therapy.com. It has quite a bit of information. appartently this is a fairly knew form of therapy. happy reading.

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   Posted 8/3/2005 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi taintedangel ; )
I usually hang out in the Chronic Pain forum but happened to see "EMDR" and it caught my eye.  I went through EMDR about 6 or 7 years ago when I was in the midst of a very severe depression.  Well, actually, at that time, I believe I was starting to emerge on the other side and reaching the point of insight.
For me, it was an awesome process - absolutely awesome.  The key to this success was multifaceted.  First, I completely trusted the therapist doing the EMDR - we had been working together for some time.  Second, she was a very skilled professional and truly knew what she was doing i.e. how far to push, when not to push, etc.  Third, I was ready i.e. strong enough emotionally at that point to embrace whatever came up for me.
Each session that we did was very intense for me - I didn't have memories that I was completely unaware of persay - but the memories that did come up were much more detailed and therefore more upsetting.  She had me prepared for this.  I cried quite a bit in each session and I had an "aha" in each session - huge aha's as a matter of fact.  I really was able to push forward with this therapy - it was perfectly timed in my treatment and done very skillfully.
I do caution this is not for the timid or very emotionally fragile patient.  I see it as appropriate when the patient has begun to find his/her voice and self-esteem.  Since I don't know you at all, I obviously can't even begin to guess if this is the right timing for you.  If it is and you trust this therapist and know she has been thoroughly trained in EMDR, this could be a fabulous opportunity for you ; )
I am having surgery today so I won't really be around until Friday - if you have any questions at all for me, I would be more than willing to answer - it just might Friday or Saturday that I am able to get back to you ; )  Either post here or you can email me @ cotter37@aol.com
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   Posted 8/3/2005 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   

thank you so much for all the insight you have provided on EMDR. I'm so curious about this and truly have to wonder if I am ready for something like this type of therapy. I feel a lot more stable now than I did when I first started seeing my counselor and I do trust her. She hasn't steared me wrong yet. I would love to hear more about your experience. I know their's a lot of things that I delt with as a child that have made me the person i am today and I'm not sure I want to face those memories again. Nothing terribly bad but it was just a hard struggling time for me. I would love to hear about things you might've experienced between sessions and the way your life changed during this time. I'm so ready to regain control of my life and if this is where I need to start I'm ready.
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