Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a new psychological treatment for trauma that is capable of facilitating a rapid and permanent reduction in distressing thoughts and feelings. Carlson & Shapiro et. al. The most common use of EMDR is for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, inter-generational and trans-generational trauma, racial trauma and early childhood trauma, and other adverse childhood experiences including sexual assault. It is also used for the treatment of conditions such as anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias, as well as social anxiety. EMDR has also been used by therapists working with couples, and those suffering from domestic violence and intimate partner violence. EMDR therapy relies on your body and mind's ability to process your thoughts and feelings.
How it Works.
EMDR therapy changes maladaptive neural networks by connecting the traumatic memory with the new information. The distressing thoughts and emotions are blended with new positive thoughts and emotions; embodied awareness allows frozen sensations in the body to resolve through healing movements using bilateral stimulation. EMDR therapy is effective in person, as well as using virtual clinical sessions. The treatment works by directing eye movements while imagining distressing scenarios and shifting your attention toward more positive thoughts, causing anxiety to dissipate.
For a single trauma reprocessing it is generally accomplished within three sessions. If it takes longer, you should see improvement within that amount of time. For Complex Trauma you should see an improvement within 3 to 6 sessions depending on the circumstance.
Critical Incident Desensitization (CID)
CID is an intervention designed to be administered to an individual or a group immediately after a crisis, natural disaster or other critical incidents. Research his shown that short bursts of eye movements rapidly decrease the vividness of images and its level of disturbance in an individual. CID is appropriate to use with most age groups.