EMDR is a psychotherapy approach that has been around for over 20 years. Originally a treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, EMDR is currently used as a psychotherapeutic treatment for a range of mental health issues as well as non-clinical issues related to performance enhancement and improving creativity in sports and the arts.
EMDR is organized around the “AIP” (adaptive information processing) model which suggests that disturbing life experiences lead to psychopathology and problems in living which people seek psychotherpy services to address. It sees “dysfunctionally held information” as being stored in the brain and contributing to mental health symptoms and a negative self concept. In particular, EMDR therapists find that common issues which develop when we do not adaptively process disturbing experiences include; having an inordinate feeling of responsibility for what happened, an enduring sense of danger long after the event, and/or a sense that one has less choice for future action. “Adaptive resolution” of a disturbing experience would include the integration of the memory related to the experience into a adaptive self concept.
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