Lots of Americans undergo traumatic events every year. If a past traumatic incident still hurts your feelings, thoughts, and responses, you need to seek professional medical help. Fortunately, eye movement, desensitization, and reprocessing (EMDR) can effectively free you from negative thinking and reframe your thoughts for enhanced mental health. David Salvage, MD, FAPM, has attained level III EMDR training and offers a quick and effective Financial District EMDR therapy to patients suffering from past traumatic events. Call or request an appointment via the online tool today for more information about this therapy.
What Exactly Is EMDR?
EMDR is a therapy customized to help people overcome the persistent psychological effects of an adverse incident or trauma in the past. Whether or not the incident resulted in clinical post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), the emotional significance of the past trauma can adversely affect your current state of mind, affecting your ability to heal truly. EMDR uses a distinct desensitization technique that depends on rapid eye movements to adjust your thoughts into positive ones.
The aim of EMDR is not to remind you of the past but to address the negative feelings and thoughts that always come back each time you get a reminder. Regular distress inhibits your brain and emotional well-being from getting better. Each time you get negative emotion or thought about past traumatic events, it reopens the old wounds, never allowing you to move on. EMDR focuses on reframing your thoughts to be more positive, enabling you to put your past behind you.
Who Is the Right Candidate for EMDR Therapy?
Now that you know what EMDR therapy is, you probably wonder whether you are the right candidate for the treatment. This treatment is effective in treating different, treatment-resistant mental disorders. Some of these include; depression, phobias, anxiety, impulse control disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Regardless of the underlying mental or traumatic condition, Dr. Salvage has found remarkable success in using EMDR to help patients experiencing therapeutic impasse break free from their negative thoughts regardless of the causal disorder.
What Should You Expect During EMDR?
The primary objectives of EMDR psychotherapy are desensitizing your negative thoughts and feelings and replacing them with positive thoughts. For instance, if you have been involved in a car accident, instead of wrestling with prevailing anxiety and fear about automobile traveling, the therapy will help you to paint a positive image of strength and survival.
When you undertake psychotherapy, your doctor will take you through several phases to achieve positive final results. these include:
- Inquire about your medical history
- Assessing the negative thoughts
- Desensitization via eye movements
- Installing positive thoughts
- Body scan to analyze progress
- Closure at the end of the session
- Re-evaluation at the start of every session
If you have been struggling with negative emotions or thoughts due to a particular circumstance or event, EMDR is effective in helping you break the traumatic pattern completely. To explore your EMDR options, contact David Salvage, MD, FAPM, or book an appointment via an online tool today.