WHAT IS EMDR THERAPY?
When it comes to going to therapy The idea of visiting a specialist involves many things, as therapy can include sitting in front of someone and narrating what happens to us, but it can also be many things. others. Exercises, meditations, games… there are different types of therapy, and each performs a different function and adapts to a different person.
One of these therapies is EMDR therapy. Laura Palomares, the director of Avance Psicólogos, explains that these acronyms are in response to the acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing’, which in Spanish means ‘reprocessing and desensitization by transfer. eye movements.
The treatment, discovered in 1987 by Dr. Francine Saphiro, supports the hypothesis that recalling a traumatic memory while moving the eyes from side to side produces alternating stimulation of both cerebral hemispheres, which favors reprocessing of emotionally stressful or traumatic events. Laura Palomares explains: “In its application, there is a very rigorous process, which aims to create an environment that is safe for the patient and their needs, as they are being exposed to very emotional emotions. intense.
HOW EMDR THERAPY WORKS
As the expert explains, the application of EMDR is based on the idea that the reprocessing of traumatic memories, or negative emotions and perceptions «is taking a disturbing toll when the ‘internal exposure’ This ‘imagining’ is given, always accompanied by eye movements or stimulation of both hemispheres of the brain”. The goal, says Palomares, is sessions organized around a specific discomfort o you feel less uncomfortable and this materializes in everyday life, unlocking symptoms and discomfort. may be behind a traumatic event or concern.
EMDR therapy is commonly used primarily for post-traumatic stress (trauma recovery and post-traumatic stress treatment), but also for the treatment of anxiety disorders, phobias, phobias, and eating disorders. , grief, low self-esteem or fear of public speaking. Laura Palomares adds that except for people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), “what was formerly known as dual personality or multiple personality,” everyone can benefit from the treatment model. this material.
Ultimately, experts tackle the scientific evidence this therapy has from, as she herself asserts, it’s a matter of controversy. “For some authors, this therapeutic tool is nothing more than imaginative exposure to anxiety, like any anxiety desensitization technique,” he points out, adding that in as its defenders argue that eye movements and the method used make it more effective than any other technique.