How r u doing? I've finished my DBT skills group training and I'm very glad about it. Now my therapist has recommened that I have EMDR therapy. I don't know much about it. I've read a few articles on it but besides that nothing and I don't think that I fully understand it. Do u know what EMDR therapy is about? Have u ever heard about it and what r the results of someone taking it? I would appreciate your point of view?
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I'm doing well thanks! Congratulations on finishing your DBT group. I actually get asked this question a lot by clients I am coaching who have BPD who are also seeing a therapist who suggests EMDR to them. Reading up on it is a good idea. I think that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may be more difficult to understand (how it works and so forth) because it is different in its approach than many other modalities of therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy developed by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro. From Dr. Shapiro's website:
EMDR " ... has been so well researched that it is now recommended as a front line treatment for trauma in the Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association, and those of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Shapiro is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California, Executive Director of the EMDR Institute in Watsonville, CA, and founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a non-profit organization that coordinates disaster response and low fee trainings worldwide."
I have not only heard of EMDR but I have undergone EMDR in the past. It was very helpful in many different ways. It was a very different experience because it wasn't the same as "talk therapy". I found it to be very calming and that in the "reprocessing" via eye movement I got in touch with a lot of deep emotions. This is why one needs to be ready for EMDR in terms of having learned distress tolerance skills as you did in DBT therapy because for many people, at first, EMDR, can bring up a lot of feelings.
I would suggest that you talk to your therapist some more about it so that he/she can answer any specific question you might have or address any concerns you might have.
You can read more about EMDR on this Forum
and then follow the links from what I have quoted here to the original site source.