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EMDR provides quick, effective, and lasting results.

In this article the 8 step process of EMDR is explained as well as additional research results citing the effectiveness of EMDR therapy. As cited by the article, A 2014 review of the existing research showed that in some studies, 84% to 90% of people who have experienced a single trauma found relief from PTSD symptoms after just three EMDR sessions that lasted 90 minutes each. In addition, in a study by Kaiser Permanente, people who had experienced a single trauma or multiple traumas underwent six 50-minute EMDR sessions. Following the therapy, 100% of the single-trauma patients and 77% of multiple-trauma victims no longer had PTSD. The study indicates that a relatively small number of EMDR treatment sessions result in substantial benefits that are maintained over time.

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Brain Scans Show Effectiveness of EMDR

Here’s yet more scientific evidence showing the effectiveness of EMDR. In this article, Dr. Daniel Amen shows through the use of brain scans the immediate positive results of EMDR on the PTSD affected brain. Scans are taken and results shown before, during and after EMDR

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EMDR Video

Here’s a video featuring actual EMDR clients discussing how it has helped them.  Notice the various applications, not only, PTSD , but also anxiety, depression and eating disorders.  It is a very effective treatment modality.

 

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Getting Past your Past, Book Review by Francine Shapiro

Francine Shapiro the founder of EMDR has written a book that is very “user friendly” in explaining and offering self help techniques for applying EMDR Therapy to yourself.  The Book is Getting Past Your Past, Take Control of your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.  

For those who know that their past experiences are affecting their current function and experience in relationships and life, but who may not be quite ready to sit down with a EMDR therapist this book is a great read.  It not only gives an understandable explanation of the effects of trauma, but also offer ways to apply some of the techniques of EMDR on your own.

 
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Vicarious trauma – one first responders story of PTSD recovery with EMDR

Vicarious trauma, also known as “compassion fatigue” is defined as trauma affecting those who help the traumatized.   First responders – paramedics, firefighters, police officers, hospital or military medical personnel and even counselors who emotionally engage in their client’s trauma stories can all be affected vicariously by someone else’s trauma.  All of these helpers are first hand witnesses to someone else’s pain, fear and terror and they can be adversely affected.  Vicarious traumatization can result in PTSD or the helper living with a replaying of the stories or scenes that are witnessed or heard and an increased level of unrest and fear.  Here is the story of a paramedic suffering from PTSD and his recovery using the powerful modality of EMDR.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As this year draws to a close, I hope you can look back and feel satisfied about how your year went.  I know those I meet with have worked hard to remove the roadblocks in their lives whether they’re relationship or marriage issues, resolving past trauma, or overcoming anxiety, panic and depression and are experiencing a more satisfying experience in life.

As we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember that because Jesus came to earth and gave His life for us, there is always hope.  We are not alone or without help in the struggles we have or the brokenness that affects all of us.  I hope you will find reason to rejoice in this and persevere with hope in whatever your situation encompasses.

As we turn the calendar next week to 2016, take some time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in the New Year.  Set some goals for yourself personally and for your family and relationships.  Here’s some brief tips to improve your overall health as you enter the New Year.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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