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Understanding the Benefits of EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a revolutionary treatment that is gaining momentum in the world of psychotherapy. Initially introduced in the late 1980s, EMDR therapy treats trauma by rewiring the brain's processing networks. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for everything from PTSD to anxiety disorders. In San Antonio, Authentic Counseling offers EMDR therapy as a tool to help individuals heal from traumatic experiences. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of this therapy and dive into the nuances of how it works.

Safe and Controlled Environment

One of the benefits of EMDR therapy is that it allows individuals to process traumatic experiences in a safe and controlled environment. During the therapy session, the therapist guides the client to access a traumatic memory. The therapist then uses bilateral stimulation (creating side-to-side movement of the eyes) to help the client desensitize to the memory. This process alleviates the physical discomfort or emotions that accompany the traumatic memory.

The process links positive thoughts and emotions with the traumatic memory. The client is then confidently guided to recall the traumatic scene, but this time, it elicits less distress. The newfound self-awareness of the client allows them to design meaningful insights about themselves, reinforced by the positive associations created with the traumatic memory.

Long-Lasting Effects

EMDR therapy has been found to have long-lasting effects. Unlike other therapies that focus on symptom reduction, the focus is on reintegrating the negative experience as a form of healing. Rather than masking the symptoms, EMDR aims to remove them completely.

EMDR therapy works by treating one’s psychological state. Memory reprocessing brought about by EMDR therapy limits maladaptive symptoms that can be associated with traumatic experiences. The extremity of the symptoms is reduced or even completely eliminated.

Multi-Dimensional Therapy

EMDR therapy has been found to be multi-dimensional therapy because it follows set protocols that ensure it can treat different presenting issues in therapy. These issues include but are not limited to, trauma, anxiety, depression, phobias, and negative self-beliefs.

One of the most significant benefits of EMDR therapy is it allows the therapist to incorporate multiple therapy techniques into one. Whether trauma survivors or individuals with anxiety, EMDR can create breakthroughs that wouldn’t have been possible through traditional modalities.


Finally, EMDR therapy is a client-centered therapy that nurtures the power of self-healing. The therapy process facilitates patients' healing in a comprehensive and integrated manner, with the therapist functioning as a facilitator. The client can effect change in their life by using the necessary tools provided, including a positive outlook in life, self-awareness, and self-acceptance.

EMDR therapy has the potential to play a vital role in the world of psychotherapy. At San Antonio Authentic Counseling, we strive to have our clients benefit from the most effective treatment methods available, including EMDR therapy. If you are struggling with trauma or any other presenting issue, we invite you to consider engaging in EMDR therapy as a technique to aid in your healing process.

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