EMDR is a type of scientifically recognized therapy that focuses on reducing the negative and sometimes pathological effects of traumatic experiences of greater or lesser degree, isolated or prolonged over time.
EMDR is based on the bilateral stimulation of ocular movements – or other types of bilateral perceptual stimulation (tactile, auditory) – while the patient remembers and reports some traumatic event, situation or sensation. Its objective is not to forget the experiences lived, but to lose the negative charge associated with the events, and recover positive memories that could not before be perceived. The memory is not lost, but is desensitized and no longer hurts.
Pathologies to which a treatment with EMDR can be applied:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Other major or minor traumatic situations (abandonment, lack of care by the family, psychological humiliation, lack of reference figures, loneliness, discomfort, psychological abuse, chronic fear).
- Anxiety, anxiety attacks, fears, phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, depression, addictions.
- Anxiety: Childhood fears and phobias, separation anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, selective mutism.
- Childhood depression.
- Enuresis and other somatizations.
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Behavioural Disorders.