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.