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EMDR and Parts work

   Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that has gained popularity in the therapy world due to its effectiveness in treating trauma-related disorders, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR is considered to be evidence-based practice, which means that it has been scientifically studied, and large research base has proven that this approach yields positive outcome for treating specific issue.

   What sets EMDR apart and contributes to its popularity is its unique approach to processing traumatic memories. During EMDR sessions, patients recall distressing memories while simultaneously focusing on bilateral stimulation, typically achieved through rapid eye movements, auditory tones, or tapping. This bilateral stimulation helps the brain reprocess traumatic memories reducing their emotional charge and enabling individuals to integrate these experiences into their broader life narrative. EMDR is recognized for its efficiency, often providing relief in a shorter time compared to other therapy approaches. Many clients prefer EMDR also because there is less talking in this approach.

   Another way to deal with trauma is parts work, which acknowledges and works with the various aspects or "parts" within an individual's psyche. People are complex; we all have distinct, sometimes conflicting, internalized parts that play specific roles or hold certain emotions, beliefs, or memories. You certainly can remember a situation where you felt as if you are pulled in opposite directions: adult voice says "I really should get some sleep" and the kid in you is screaming "but we are having so much fun!". Sometimes, these parts may emerge as protective mechanisms developed over time to cope with life experiences. In sessions, we will slowly explore your internal world, notice and learn about different parts and their roles in the system and foster communication and collaboration among them. Parts work is particularly effective in addressing issues like inner conflicts, emotional regulation, and unresolved trauma, providing a framework for self-discovery and healing.

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