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The Combination of EFT and EMDR | Self Growth 4 Ever


Published on - EFT and EMDR along with Psychotherapy can be a Wholistic way of treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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The Combination of EFT and EMDR | Self Growth 4 Ever

  2. 2. The combination of EFT and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) EMDR can help PTSD It seems everywhere we turn in our modern world, there is something traumatic, be it wars, bullying, domestic and sexual violence, and finally death. The negative effects these events can have on an individual’s psyche can be immense, to the point where normal day-to-day functions can be impaired. Medical science has given this the name PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Most news reports focus on PTSD in law enforcement officials and returning veterans, but the truth of the matter is it can affect just about anyone. There are treatments in place for those suffering from PTSD, including conventional psychotherapy. One promising new avenue in treating the ailment is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR for short. The method can be used for both adults and children, and for conditions other than PTSD. Eight Phases of EMDR The theory behind EMDR is that traumatic events can impair functioning, and EMDR seeks to overcome this impairment and help the sufferer develop new coping mechanisms. EMDR works in eight phases. The first is much like any other psychotherapy treatment in that the patient’s history is analyzed and a treatment plan developed. In the second phase, the patient is asked to focus on the disturbing memory while the physician initiates eye movement. Then the patient is asked what information came out during the session, and this forms the basis for another set. This phase can be conducted several times in a session. The third phase involves the doctor asking the patient to visualize an image to go with the disturbing thought, and then pair it with a thought. Then the patient is asked to create a positive thought to go with the same image. The fourth phase of EMDR is the “desensitization” phase. Here the patient is focusing on both negative thought and images, and this is where eye movement comes into place, with the physician making movements and asking the patient to follow with their eyes. Phase five, or the installation phase, involves the client focusing on phase three’s positive image while continuing the eye movements. The “body scan” is phase six. This is where any lingering negative emotions and feelings are found, and dealt with before moving onto “closure” and “reevaluation,” the remaining two phases.
  3. 3. Combine EMDR With EFT and Psychotherapy A number of psycho-therapists practice the EMDR technique, and there are also many websites, books and magazines devoted to the topic. Some have gone so far as to combine EMDR with EFT, an alternate form of psychotherapy, and create a new method called the “Wholistic [sic] Hybrid of EMDR and EFT.” Unlike other psycho-therapeutic treatment methods, there exists research demonstrating the effectiveness of EMDR. Despite this initial promise, the medical community is still debating EMDR’s worth. Yet there also exist large bodies of testimonies vouching for the power of EMDR. Whatever the case, our society must develop new and effective ways of dealing with PTSD, and EMDR shows much promise.