What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a proven, effective psychotherapy technique that has been validated through extensive research and clinical use. EMDR uses bilateral brain stimulation (the most common method is through eye movements but can also be applied by tapping or sound alternating from one side to the other). EMDR uses an eight-phase, established protocol to systematically and effectively target different negative memories or experiences.
EMDR is endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs & Dept. of Defense, the World Health Organization, and the American Psychological Association, among many others, as an effective technique.
Different conditions can be resolved through the use of EMDR. It has proven to help people overcome trauma and other distressing life experiences (PTSD), anxiety, depression, panic disorders, grief, phobias, or most other conditions that can be limiting performance or functioning levels. With significant worldwide recognition as an effective treatment, EMDR therapy can be effective in treating the memories that can contribute to people having low self-esteem, feeling powerless or stuck, and other diverse problems that can be overcome.
In seeking treatment, it is critical to find the right professional who not only feels right to you but who is also fully certified and trained. Dr. Benejam is fully trained and certified (all two levels of EMDR training) and he is an approved provider (www.emdr.com).
How about EMDR Remote or via Telehealth?
EMDR has been often used on a remote basis mainly with video calls (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.). Common “methods” of providing EMDR via Telehealth or remotely include the use of the “butterfly hug”, and self-tapping, among others. These options allow each person to self-pace while being effectively guided by the psychologist. In these cases, the professional will prepare the person ensuring that the method that best matches their style and needs is used.