Harmony Therapy Group

And what do you notice now? The role of EMDR in treating trauma and poor body image.

A client said to me several weeks ago “yes, let’s meet again next week so you can do your ABC XYZ therapy on me” and we had a good laugh.  She was referring to EMDR treatment.  Let me tell you a little more about it because many times we hear all these acronyms in mental health and not necessarily know exactly what it all means!


EMDR stands for eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing.  It is a therapy begun by Francine Shapiro in the 1980s that has traditionally been used for trauma and now with all of the current research, we have available, we know it is effective for other issues too!  (post article here?)


EMDR is a great treatment to use for individuals who have distress associated with certain memories.  These may be traumatic memories, disturbing memories, or overall evoke a negative sense of self when one thinks about them.


It is a very safe therapy to use since before the desensitization and reprocessing even begins, the therapist provides education and containment/grounding exercises for each client.  This allows for a sense of safety and boundaries around these memories as EMDR is not about re-living any negative memory!


Some of our clients come to us with eating disorders and make excellent progress in their recovery, but often feel stuck when it comes to body acceptance and having a healthy body image.  This may be because there are some strong memories from the past that are associated with negativity toward one’s body.  EMDR can also be a supplemental tool to help someone in their work toward body acceptance.


EMDR can be especially helpful in larger doses, so we depending on availability, we can accommodate longer sessions to make the most of the desensitization and reprocessing aspect of EMDR to replace more frequent sessions.  This may include weekend availability.


To learn more about trauma, click here and to contact us to schedule an assessment, click here and let us know you are interested in EMDR or you can always call us at 281-869-6160 or email us at info@harmonytherapygroup.com

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