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The Norooz Clinic Foundation is a non-profit public service and educational organization.
Offering therapy services in English, Spanish & Farsi
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories and is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
How Does EMDR Help With Trauma?
EMDR therapy combines different elements to maximize treatment effects. It involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events.
Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions. With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach.
The therapist assesses the client’s readiness and develops a treatment plan. Client and therapist identify possible targets for EMDR processing.
The therapist ensures that the client has several different ways of handling emotional distress. The therapist may teach the client a variety of imagery and stress reduction techniques the client can use during and between sessions.
a target is identified and processed using EMDR therapy procedures. These involve the client identifying three things:
- 1The vivid visual image related to the memory
- 2A negative belief about self
- 3Related emotions and body sensations
This is the closure phase. The therapist asks the client to keep a log during the week. The log should document any related material that may arise. It serves to remind the client of the self-calming activities that were mastered in phase two.
The next session begins with phase eight. Phase eight consists of examining the progress made thus far. The EMDR treatment processes all related historical events, current incidents that elicit distress, and future events that will require different responses.
How Effective Is It?
People who are dealing with traumatic memories and those who have PTSD are thought to benefit the most from EMDR therapy. It’s thought to be particularly effective for those who struggle to talk about their past experiences.
EMDR therapy is also being used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, addictions and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.
Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multipletrauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.
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The Norooz Clinic Foundation is a non-profit public service and educational organization located in Orange County, California. We teach our clients effective skills and tools in order to give them alternative ways to think about daily problems and stressors and overcome them with more ease and balance. At our clinic, we treat anxiety, depression, marital dissatisfaction, anger, sexual dysfunction, and addiction.
Our clinicians also specialize in treating traumas, relationship problems, domestic violence victims, grief, and loss. To ensure affordability for all, we maintain sliding-scale fees, as well as offer pro bono therapy sessions and free training to our clients.