05 February 2023

Misconception: EMDR requires reliving traumatic experiences

I hope you're doing well today. I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about a common misconception that many people have about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. I know that many of my website visitorshave been considering EMDR as a treatment option for their anxiety and other psychiatric symptoms, and I want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.


So, the misconception I wanted to address today is that EMDR requires reliving traumatic experiences. I understand why this might be a concern for you. After all, the thought of revisiting a traumatic event can be overwhelming and frightening. But, I want to assure you that this is not the case with EMDR therapy.


In EMDR therapy, we will be working together to process the memories and thoughts that are contributing to your anxiety. However, this process does not involve reliving the traumatic experience in a traumatic manner. Instead, the focus is on processing the memory to reduce its emotional impact and help you integrate it in a new way.


The process of EMDR therapy involves using bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping, or tones, to help activate the brain's natural healing processes. This stimulation helps to process the memory and integrate it in a new way, leading to a reduction in the emotional charge associated with the memory and a reduction in symptoms.


So, while EMDR therapy may involve revisiting traumatic memories, the focus is not on reliving the experience, but on processing it in a way that leads to healing and recovery. I will be there with you every step of the way, making sure that you are comfortable and in control at all times.


In conclusion, I hope that this post has helped to dispel the myth that EMDR therapy requires reliving traumatic experiences. I understand that the thought of revisiting a traumatic event can be frightening, but I want you to know that the focus of EMDR therapy is on processing the memory in a way that leads to healing and recovery. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Take care, and I look forward to meeting you online!


Michiel Bosman MD


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