Dr. Susan MacDonald Ph.D. Calgary Registered Psychologist
Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions
What is EMDR?/
What types of concerns can EMDR treat?
Research has found that EMDR can be used for practically any type of issue, ranging from mood concerns, PTSD, addictions, stress, trauma, behavioural problems, cognitive problems, really the list is endless.
How does EMDR work?
What happens when we experience stressful or traumatic events in our lives, these memories end up being stored in the right posterior area of our brains. EMDR moves these memories from this area of our brain to the left anterior area of the brain. This region of the brain is a much calmer place for these memories to be stored. EMDR does not erase these memories, the treatment simply decreases the emotional intensity related to these memories.
What are the stages of EMDR treatment?
First there is an explanation of what EMDR is all about, and answering any questions you may have. Then there is a bit of preparation, followed by an assessment stage. Once these are complete, we move on to the desensitization stage, and finally to the reprocessing phase. Sometimes treatment moves quickly, other times it might be a bit slower, there is no right or wrong. And remember you are in complete control of your healing.
Is EMDR like REM sleep?
In a way yes, EMDR is similar to the eye movements we experience when in REM or Rapid Eye Movement sleep. When we go into REM sleep our eyes typically move from side to side. Why? Because this is the stage of sleep where we are cleaning up or tidying up the events of the day. EMDR is rather similar, that we do eye movements that also help to clean up or tidy up memories.
Is EMDR long lasting?
Yes, it has long lasting effects. Typically when the emotional intensity that was tied to stressful or traumatic events are diminished, the positive impact of the treatment remains for the long term.
How old do you have to be to have EMDR treatment?
What do people typically experience with EMDR treatment?
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