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Four Trends that Will Shape the Shape the Future of EMDR
  • The growing crisis in mental health across large parts of the world
  • The growth of the digital economy and innovation that will particularly affect the fields of health and education
  • The steady demise of the DSM diagnostic system
  • The development of AI (artificial intelligence)

These trends reinforce each other to offer huge challenges to providers of mental health therapy including EMDR, but also opportunities if they can be grasped. When our environment changes we need to adapt to survive and thrive. This paper offers some suggestions as to how we can meet the challenges ahead and hopefully generate a proper debate about the future.

5 Reasons you Should Add EMDR to your Psychotherapy Toolbox

1. It’s Highly Effective

EMDR is a practical therapy that puts the client in the driver’s seat and empowers them to shift perspective from self-reproach and helplessness to strength and survival. EMDR therapy is relatively efficient, seeing a high success rate in only a handful of treatments.

2. It’s Evidenced-Based

Several studies have illustrated EMDR’s efficacy and effectiveness in therapy for many issues and conditions. Since EMDR’s inception, over 100,000 clinicians have been trained in EMDR techniques and use them with their clients.

3. It Helps “Unclog” the Mind of Painful Memories

Usually, trauma lingers in the nervous system causing painful memories that are often difficult to relieve. EMDR utilizes eye movements (or other types of bilateral stimulation) to help process trauma, anxiety, and other troubling and traumatic events.

4. EMDR is a Kinder, Gentler Way of Processing and Treating Trauma

EMDR does not use forceful methods or asks the client to talk through the traumatic event(s). Instead, the therapist asks the client to bring the painful memories to the surface and then proceeds with the EMDR technique of following eye movements (or other types of bilateral stimulation).

5. It’s a Flexible Tool: Adaptable for Several Conditions and Experiences

Several published case studies are favoring the use of EMDR including, domestic violence, alcohol and substance dependence, trauma in youth, depression, grief and mourning, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, and several other conditions that may or may not be rooted in trauma.

Read the full article by Hanaa El Moghrabi on the Envision website.

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