Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Even though EMDR is a psychotherapeutic approach within the eclectic vision of intervention from PSICOLGTB it seems important to dedicate a section to it due to its importance in the therapeutic process.

It is a psychotherapy that allows people to heal symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing experiences. By using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is assumed that severe emotional pain takes a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma as much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it becomes irritated and causes pain. Once the blockage is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.

The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is stuck or misaligned by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound breaks down and can cause intense suffering. Once the blockage is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, psychologists help clients activate their natural healing processes.

My experience after 15 years working with the LGBT+ community makes me affirm that EMDR is the psychotherapy of choice with patients belonging to the LGBT+ community in which most of them have suffered mild or severe traumatic situations in their childhood and adolescence for not considering themselves heterosexual.

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