EMDR, ART, and Other Treatments For Mental Health Issues
As more people struggle with mental health issues, new treatments offer symptom relief in just one session. These include EMDR, ART and other short-term therapy techniques that have become popular among those suffering from depression, anxiety, phobias or other related mental health concerns.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of talk therapy that utilizes rapid eye movements to help clients process traumatic memories. The therapist works with the client to identify and explore a trauma, then assists them in processing that memory in an effective manner.
The therapist also utilizes imagery and other techniques to help the client gain clarity over their past. EMDR is often employed for PTSD, but it has also been known to be beneficial in treating chronic pain, autism, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.
Another type of EMDR treatment, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), also uses rapid eye movements and can be effective for a variety of mental health concerns. In ART, the therapist uses the client’s eyes to identify and focus on an image of the traumatic experience, then replaces that negative image with a more meaningful positive one. The objective is not only to reduce negative feelings that come from recalling such memories but also replace them with more meaningful ones that are less painful.
ART is an innovative treatment method that employs elements of EMDR to address trauma. The therapist collaborates with the client in creating a secure and supportive environment where they can express their thoughts, emotions, and memories safely and openly.
Once the therapist has created a comfortable space, they begin an array of eye movement sessions. In these sessions, clients have their eyes moved back and forth in a circular pattern while they reflect upon their traumatic memories.
Recalling trauma without intense distress allows clients to process it more comfortably. Many report that after just one or two sessions they no longer experience a traumatic response to the memory.
Though EMDR can be effective for a variety of traumas, it may not be the most straightforward process for some individuals. For instance, those traumatized by sexual assault may find it difficult to recall details during EMDR; on the contrary, ART allows therapists more freedom and flexibility so they can work with clients according to what works best for their individual needs.
Unlike EMDR, which focuses on the specific memories that cause distress, RTT helps people alter their beliefs and interpretations about those memories so they no longer cause distress. For instance, if someone believes their trauma has made them feel insecure or worthless, the therapist can work with the client to instill in them a sense of worthiness and worth receiving love.
While both EMDR and ART can be effective treatments for treating PTSD, they should only be administered by experienced professionals. To guarantee the best care possible, clients should find a clinician with expertise in both EMDR and ART.