What is EMDR and what does it do?

One day, while walking in the park, Dr Francine Shapiro realizes that the eye movements, which we still use as an information processing model, have removed some of the disturbing symptoms of her memories that she thought were bothering her, and she started doing research on this. She discovers that negative thoughts are removed from consciousness as a result of moving the eyes in a certain order and speed when it comes to disturbing thoughts or memories. When trying to remember the negative memory again, it is seen that the symptoms that have occurred before do not occur again. Afterwards, a protocol is developed in order to be able to apply it regularly and to show the same effect in other people with discomfort, and it is started to be implemented within the scope of scientific researches. As a result of all the scientific research, a textbook on EMDR Therapy was published in 1995. Today, EMDR, which is accepted as a therapy method by the American Psychiatric Association, is also used by the defense ministries for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers exposed to trauma.

How does the procedure work in EMDR and how is change achieved?

Every new experience you have goes to your brain as new information. For example, in the event of violence, harassment or a traffic accident, your brain acquires some information. This information takes place as the images you see on the day you experience the event, the smells you smell, the sounds you hear and even the tastes. If this event and all the information obtained for the brain are too heavy to process, even months or even years have passed, every time you remember this event, when you see a similar image, smell or taste or hear a sound, disturbing memories are revived. With EMDR, this information that you have lived in the past and that has not been processed in your memory is accessed and the information processing system of the brain is stimulated. By applying short-term eye movements, bilateral touches or sets of 30-45 seconds with the help of an EMDR sound device, it is ensured that your stuck negative memories turn into a learning experience and make new connections that lead to a solution. To give an example, the feelings of a rape victim woman about the traumatic event she experienced were “shame and fear” and her negative belief about herself was “I am weak or worthless”, while after EMDR processing, “the shame is not mine, I am a strong woman”. healthy and self-confident emotions and thoughts are provided.

Which Problems are Used in Counseling:

Especially the symptoms caused by all traumatic events;

Panic attack

social phobia



Sexual, physical and emotional abuse

sexual assault

disturbing memories

Birth-related trauma and anxiety

Fear of Flying

Fear and anxiety about sleep

Performance anxiety: Stage fright for actors, athletes, musicians and trainers

Performance enhancement

Exam Anxiety

Feelings of betrayal and rejection

Anger management

Anxiety and fears experienced by children

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