How EMDR Works

April 14, 2024

How does EMDR Work?

Here's a short video that explains exactly how.

For your convenience, I've also included the transcript below.

Transcript

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if you have experienced something

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horrible and have developed

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psychological symptoms such as

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flashbacks fierce sadness or sleep

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problems you may well be helped by EMDR

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a proven and effective therapy suppose

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you have been confronted with a violent

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crime an accident you have been bitten

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by a dog or you have had to deal with

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sexual abuse or violence at home such a

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powerful experience is stored into your

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brain with a lot of emotions one such a

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memory is stored in your long-term

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memory it can bother you for quite a

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long time the disturbing memory keeps

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coming back and intentionally for

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example with feelings of powerlessness

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or believing you are not worthwhile EMDR

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therapy can help you get rid of these

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complaints and feelings at first and E&D

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our therapists will ask you to activate

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the memory of this disturbing experience

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from your long-term memory the memory is

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now stored in your short-term memory

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also called the working memory then the

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EMDR therapist will ask you to focus on

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this horrible events from there the

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therapist will move his fingers in front

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of your eyes rapidly back and forth and

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ask you to track his fingers as best and

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as fast as you can by keeping a

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traumatic memory in your mind and

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tracking the fingers of the therapist at

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the same time the working memory gets to

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process a lot of information at the same

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time as it is so much information the

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image becomes blurred and loses its

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emotional charge when the emotional

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charge of an image lessens it also

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becomes easier to think differently

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about the experience you will notice

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this because you feel less powerless or

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you feel worthwhile again the intrusions

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have gone and you feel less anxious you

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feel less depressed usually better and

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because you have managed to leave the

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experience behind you you start enjoying

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life and looking forward to the future