Dr. Kevin Campbell

Psychologist

License #PSY17864

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San Francisco & Palo Alto, California (415) 505-6821

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is an effective form of treatment and some kinds of depression in numerous practice guidelines worldwide. In the US, this includes organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and Department of Defense. More than twenty randomized studies support the effectiveness of the therapy in the treatment of PTSD. Further, more than twenty randomized studies have demonstrated positive effects of the eye movements. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.

EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy that attends to past experiences that have set the groundwork for problems in the present.  Current situations can trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations.  According to current theory, EMDR activates the part of the brain that facilitates the healing of emotional wounds, just as our body has the ability to heal physical wounds.  One of the procedural elements is "dual stimulation" using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. During the reprocessing phases the client attends momentarily to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on a set of external stimulus. During that time, clients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations. The clinician assists the client to focus on appropriate material before initiation of each subsequent set.


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