EMDR is a highly effective therapy for trauma. It uses eye movements or bilateral stimulation to help the brain to process traumatic events. Memories that seem to be always present become dimmer and dimmer and finally lose their emotional strength.
EMDR is a therapy that is listed in the new Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense Practice Guidelines "A" category as "highly recommended" for the treatment of trauma.
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It has received a high level of recommendation by the American Psychiatric Association and by the mental health departments of Israel, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Sweden and more. For a full listing visit http://www.EMDRHAP.org/researchandresources.html
EMDR is also listed as an effective form of therapy, backed by research, on a new National Institute of Mental Health sponsored website: Check under "Adult MH Therapist for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder."
CBT is a preferred therapy for anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and major mental illness. Its effectiveness has been studied extensively. Some studies have shown that CBT may be as effective as medication in treating depression. And it may be better than medication in preventing relapse.
In CBT we examine thoughts/beliefs (cognitive), behaviors, and emotions. We believe that thoughts/beliefs, behaviors, and emotions create a feedback loop. This means that if you change one element, every element also changes. Emotions are very difficult to address directly so the emphasis is placed on changing thinking/beliefs and behaviors, and the emotional changes follow. For example, in depression a person may be very inactive. By increasing structure in his/her daily life and increasing physical activity (changing behaviors), mood is elevated. Destructive thoughts are also challenged. Individuals are asked to perform experiments to create new thought and behavioral patterns.
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Hypnosis is a heightened state of focus and relaxation. It is used clinically for stress control, habit control, weight management, fears and phobias, trauma resolution, and many other reasons. Most people when they think of hypnosis think about the hypnotist shows they see at the Fair or in Las Vegas. Clinical hypnosis has very little in common with that. Only about 25% of the population can experience the type of trance used for entertainment purposes. Contrary to popular belief when you are in trance, you do not lose control, you cannot be made to do something you don't want to do, and you will remember what happens while in trance. I use a clinical approach that is very informal, and almost everyone can derive some benefits. Even a very light trance can be therapeutic.
I'm still using the skills you taught me, Rosemary. Thanks.--S.S.
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