EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to help individuals process and heal from trauma, stress, and other negative experiences. It is based on the idea that certain types of unresolved memories and negative beliefs can contribute to psychological distress and other mental health issues.
During an EMDR therapy session, the therapist will guide the client through a process of recalling and processing difficult memories while engaging in specific eye movements or other bilateral stimulation, such as tapping or auditory tones. The idea is that the dual stimulation helps to activate the brain’s natural healing and processing mechanisms, allowing the client to work through and resolve their negative experiences.
EMDR therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and phobias. It has also been found to be particularly helpful for children and adolescents, who may have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts and feelings or may be more sensitive to traditional talk therapy.
The Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver has experienced therapists who adapt the treatment to meet the needs and developmental stage of their young clients. This may involve using age-appropriate language and activities to help the child understand and process their experiences, as well as incorporating play, art, or other expressive modalities as needed.