Research studies show that EMDR is very effective in helping people process emotionally painful and traumatic experiences. When used in conjunction with other therapy modalities, EMDR helps move the client quickly from emotional distress to peaceful resolution of the issues or events involved.
Many times sessions work is amazingly fast. Processing even the most difficult memories can be achieved in a fraction of the time it previously would have taken with traditional therapies alone. It also enables more efficient use of conventional psychotherapies, bringing greater results in much less time. The positive, long-term results of EMDR therapy affect all levels of the client's well-being - mental, emotional and physical, so that their responses return to normalcy and health.
Traditional therapies often focus on memories from the unconscious mind, and then analyze their meaning to gain insight into the problem. EMDR clients also acquire valuable insights during therapy, but EMDR can short-cut the process and go right to the releasing stage. So, studies consistently show that these treatments result in effectively eliminating the discomfort of the targeted emotion, or memory. The "memory" still remains, but the negative response is largely neutralized.
Paul Solari, MA, LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
Somatic, EMDR, Trauma Holistic Approach Individuals and Couples