Online Therapy… using the effectiveness of EMDR
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a type of Therapy which has been shown to be very effective in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related problems. More recently is has also been used successfully to treat such problems as OCD, Depression, Social Anxiety Disorder and other mental health problems.
EMDR uses “bilateral stimulation” to activate the brains capacity to heal itself from memories attached to difficult life experiences like trauma, abuse, bullying and bereavement. Bilateral stimulation can be done using eye movements, sounds to each ear or by touch using vibrating buzzers or hand taps. This activates the left and right sides of the brain, allowing an “unprocessed” memory to become less distressing to you and part of your past, rather than a problem in the present.
Although having been developed over 30 years ago, it can still be a problem to find fully trained and accredited EMDR therapists. This is why accessing EMDR online can be an attractive solution.
To state it simply: You can get all the benefits of EMDR therapy online with a fully trained and accredited EMDR therapist. Without ever leaving your home.
EMDR therapy works with the reality that the mind can from psychological trauma much in the same way as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
EMDR therapy works with the assumption that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients to remove the blocks that keep them chained to events in the past. And to activate their natural healing processes
The process of EMDR
online therapy (counseling)
After the clinician has determined which memory to target, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind while using his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings.
In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. It changes both the experience and the meaning of the event. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.” The insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.
The net effect is that clients conclude that the use of EMDR therapy help them to transform the feeling that once debased them into feelings that empower them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have been healed and transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ trasnformed thoughts, feelings and behavior becomes indicators of emotional health and resolution.
And all of this work is being done without the client speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies. It is done in “private” with the therapist only guiding the client through the process.
EMDR Online Therapy
Both doctors and psychologists generally consider EMDR therapy to be a safe treatment. It typically causes fewer adverse reactions e.g. than medications for depression and trauma symptoms.
Also, unlike some medications, EMDR may also maintain its effectiveness after the treatment ends.
Even so, EMDR may cause some side effects, such as:
- an increase in distressing memories
- heightened emotions or physical sensations during sessions
- vivid dreams
- the surfacing of other traumatic memories
These symptoms will typically resolve as treatment continues. Individuals should tell their therapist about their experiences between sessions so that they can work on new memories and symptoms in future sessions.
The role of your therapist
in EMDR Online Therapy
Online EMR Therapy uses exactly the same principles and techniques used in face-to-face therapy. At the same time it seeks to maximize several elements. Creating a private space where you can do the work that is needed, and at the same time, creating an atmosphere where you can experience that you have the support of your Online Therapist at all times. That is why your online therapist will exert extra effort to faciltate the process by doing the following:
Create an atmosphere where you are fully accepted, free to explore your own issues and able to be your real self;
Provide a safe environment where you can speak your mind and know that the contents of our conversation will always be confidential,
Respect your human dignity no matter who you are;
Listen to you in a non-judgmental and compassionate way;
Help you to explore your experiences and the meaning you attach to it;
Collaborate with you in constructing alternative and more preferred ways of dealing with difficulties;
Help you to voice and reconstruct your inner struggles;
Work with you to empower you to move forward; and
Co-create a more preferred life for you and with you.