05 February 2023

Misconception: EMDR is a form of hypnosis

I'm so glad you're interested in learning more about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. As a psychiatrist, I have found that this therapy can be incredibly helpful for many of my clients, and I hope it could be helpful for you too.


But, before we dive into the specifics of EMDR, I want to address a common misconception that many people have about this therapy. This misconception is that EMDR is a form of hypnosis. I know that this can be a confusing issue, so I want to clear things up for you and make sure you have all the information you need.


The truth is that EMDR is not a form of hypnosis. While hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, EMDR is a therapeutic approach that is grounded in neuroscience and psychological theory. In hypnosis, the goal is to bypass the conscious mind and access the unconscious mind. In EMDR therapy, the goal is to activate the brain's natural information processing system to help you work through traumatic memories and negative thoughts.


In EMDR therapy, we will be working together to process the memories and thoughts that are contributing to your emotional and psychological distress. The focus will be on processing the memory to reduce its emotional impact and help you integrate it in a new way. This process leads to a reduction in symptoms, increased emotional regulation, and improved overall well-being.


One of the key components of EMDR therapy is the use of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation. This bilateral stimulation helps to activate the brain's natural information processing system, allowing you to process traumatic memories and negative thoughts in a way that leads to healing and recovery.


So, as you can see, EMDR is not a form of hypnosis. It's a scientifically-based therapeutic approach that has been proven to be effective for many people. If you're looking for a way to work through traumatic memories and negative thoughts, I encourage you to consider EMDR therapy.


I hope that this post has been helpful in dispelling the myth that EMDR is a form of hypnosis. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I'm here to help!


Take care, and I hope you find what you're looking for on my website.


Michiel Bosman MD


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