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EMDR for pet grief

EMDR is an effective processing tool that stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a type of Psychotherapy that has been heavily researched and proven to be an effective approach in treating trauma and PTSD (clients have also seen results when targeting other issues such as anxiety depression, self esteem, grief, etc ). When an individual goes through a difficult situation or life altering event, the impact can be felt on a physical and psychological level.  We don't choose what our bodies and minds decides to hold on to with regards to trauma.  Some people can walk away from an accident and not be fazed and others struggle the event replaying itself over and over again, essentially feeling trapped and stuck by your thoughts, images, sounds or feelings.   So every time you are reminded of the event, it can feel  like you are going through it all over again.  EMDR is based on adaptive information network that allows you to tap into new insight and understanding about your upsetting inner experience and effectively look back with a healthier perspective. When the body and mind can experience an upsetting event or memory in a new way, the emotional reaction lessens or neutralizes. 

How does EMDR work?

Trauma gets locked in the brain and body with negative images, thoughts or beliefs about oneself and feelings. EMDR uses bi-lateral stimulation through eye movement, tapping or sound that seems to have a direct impact on how a person processes information.  The neurobiology is not fully understood as to how it works in the brain and body, but it it appears to be closely related to what might be happening when you are in REM sleep mode (Rapid Eye Movement - restorative and healing part of sleep).  EMDR systematically desensitizes negative reactions connected to past or future events.  The memory will always be there but won't effect you in the same negative way. 

EMDR draws from many different protocols but the beauty of EMDR is that it works on a cognitive level as well as the physiological level. It not only facilitates the transformation of traumatic images in the brain, but also allows the person to replace stored negative self beliefs with positive ones (such as I deserve love, I did the best I could, I am safe, etc).   

Therapists require training and certification to practice EMDR.  Please ask your Therapist about their EMDR background. 

To learn more about EMDR and grief. Please click on the link  below for an interview with Francine Shaprio - founder of EMDR. https://robertzucker.com/articles/36-emdr-as-grief-work-an-interview-with-francine-shapiro-1.html

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