Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences. These “experiences” become the “target” of a three-pronged approach – past memories, present disturbances and future actions. The goal being to process the experiences that are causing disturbance, meaning discarding negative emotions and attachments, emotionally and physically, to the target and retaining what is useful and appropriate to guide the future.
Through the use of bi-lateral stimulation, created with the use of eye movements, tapping or sound, the target is desensitized along with associated events or triggers and then reprocessed as an adaptive or appropriate memory. A new positive belief is then installed.
The amount of time or sessions for EMDR therapy is dependent upon the Client’s history and presenting issue. For more information about EMDR therapy please visit the EMDRIA website.