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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

At Nova Psychology, we are dedicated to providing cutting-edge therapeutic approaches to support our clients in their journey towards mental well-being. One such approach we offer is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective treatment for individuals struggling with past traumatic experiences, distressing memories, and various psychological issues.

EMDR is a psychotherapy technique developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. It’s based on the idea that traumatic memories are stored in the brain in a dysfunctional way, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts. EMDR aims to reprocess these memories, allowing the individual to integrate them into their life story in a healthier and more adaptive manner.

During an EMDR session, the therapist guides the client through a series of bilateral stimulation exercises, which can involve following the therapist’s finger movements with their eyes, listening to alternating sounds, or experiencing tactile sensations. These bilateral stimulations are believed to activate the brain’s natural processing mechanisms, facilitating the reorganization of traumatic memories.

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  1. History Taking and Treatment Planning: The therapist conducts a comprehensive assessment to understand the client’s history, identify target memories, and develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs.

  2. Preparation: The therapist helps the client develop coping skills and relaxation techniques to ensure they feel safe and supported throughout the EMDR process.

  3. Desensitization: The client focuses on a specific distressing memory while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. This phase aims to reduce the emotional intensity associated with the memory.

  4. Installation: Positive beliefs and emotions are reinforced to replace negative beliefs associated with the traumatic memory.

  5. Body Scan: The client checks in with their body to ensure there are no remaining distressing physical sensations related to the memory.

  6. Closure: The session is closed with relaxation techniques to ensure the client feels grounded and safe.

  7. Reevaluation: Subsequent sessions involve reevaluating the client’s progress and addressing any remaining issues.

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