Friday, August 17, 2007

Does EMDR Help Survivors of Sexual Trauma?
Over the years many individuals have been using something called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with survivors to help combat flashbacks. I personally think it's a waste of time and money. The process was created by Francine Shapiro.

According to a few web pages the EMDR process is supposed to produce rapid eye movements in a client while a traumatic memory is recalled and processed. This technique allegedly lessens the amount of therapeutic time needed to process and resolve traumatic memories. Again I think it's a waste of time. There's no quick fixes when it comes to healing.

I think if a survivor of sexual abuse /sexual assault wants to find real help that the best solution is finding a good psychotherapist who has at least a master's degree in a counseling field and also has extensive post graduate training working with sexual trauma.

For most survivors I know have said that what has helped them the most has been a combination of talk therapy, music, dance and art therapy. I also think that finding someone who does body work is a good idea once a survivor has dealt with a great deal of their issues. It helps to connect one self back to their bodies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had someone do EMDR on me. I was desperate to try anything. It really creeped me out. I found the process triggering. I don't trust anything that resembles hypnosis.

August 18, 2007 7:14 PM  

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