Local EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a mental health treatment, as stated in the video. It involves the movement of the eye from right to left repeatedly, as you process traumatic experiences.
Among other treatment methods, local EMDR therapy is a fairly new practice. Despite being new, it’s an option that is quickly gaining popularity in the United States.
As such, most therapists recommend it to their patients, ranging from adolescents to adults and in some cases, children.
EMDR treatment can be done in eight phases. These phases are history and treatment planning, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and finally, reevaluation, in that order. Most importantly, local EMDR treatment dwells on past traumatic memories, and this way, it could be focused on a single disturbing event or memory. The treatment could take anywhere between three and six sessions for a single memory. On the other hand, complex or more embedded traumas could take up to 12 sessions or more.
EMDR works best to treat PTSD-(post-traumatic stress disorder), and ongoing research has since proved that it can be applied in the treatment of other conditions. It’s essential to know that before you rush for local EMDR therapy, visiting your therapist is prudent. Your therapist can help you understand what to anticipate and how you may react to this method.