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EMDR and hypnosis - a highly effective combination

EMDR and hypnosis - a highly effective combination

EMDR in trauma therapy

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Translated, this means desensitization and processing through eye movement. EMDR has become increasingly important in trauma therapy and the treatment of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) over the past 10 years, and more and more experienced hypnotherapists are learning to use the advantages of EMDR treatment individually in hypnosis.

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental illness that can occur as a result of a very stressful event or consecutive events:
  • War
  • Disasters
  • Accident
  • Abuse as a child
  • Threat / attack / harassment
  • Rape
  • Stressful events in which the person concerned witnessed the situation or experienced it themselves.
The experience can permanently affect the life of an affected person through so-called flashbacks, bad memories that keep coming up.

EMDR reduces post-traumatic stress such as recurring bad memories

In short, EMDR enables people who have had a traumatic experience to reduce post-traumatic stress and enable inner growth. People who have experienced traumatic experiences become more mature and empathetic with themselves through treatment. EMDR helps reduce bad memories that keep coming back. The main mechanism of action in EMDR is as follows: So-called fear neurons decrease! A neural change in the brain takes place faster than with other methods. This fact has also been shown in the treatment of addiction, which in many cases is related to post-traumatic experiences. PTSD symptoms decrease with alcohol and drugs because the reward center is activated and anxiety is reduced. Here, too, EMDR provides relief.

PTBs and complex PTSD symptoms can include:
  • Hyperarousal, sleep and difficulty concentrating
  • Chronic depression, addiction, borderline disorder, trauma disorders
  • Repetitive Memories
  • Trauma memory
  • Flashbacks with no memory feeling
In summary, the amygdala is hyperactive and higher cortical structures are suppressed, which in turn leads to poor concentration. What many may not know is that neurobiological changes in the brain result from PTSD. Important brain information decreases in volume, including temporal memory. Successful treatment even makes the hypocampus larger again! People can evolve again and change and relief is possible!

Dysfunktional gespeicherte Erinnerung machen krank

We now know that dysfunctional stored memories, pathogenic memories, make people ill and are the causes of mental disorders and psychosomatic disorders. They are at the root of a whole range of conditions such as PDSD, depression and even pain disorders. They cause negative feelings and beliefs in clients, where the brain normally has the ability to heal itself, this ability diminishes with severe stress and symptoms! To be fair, this does not happen to all people. Nevertheless, it is far too large a proportion of people who become chronic and whose self-healing system does not work at all or not everywhere. According to Shapiro (1995), there is an 8-step EMDR treatment plan, with only one bad and stressful memory being treated and processed. In doing so, an improvement in generalization is hoped for, an improvement in relation to a memory is generalized, so it rubs off and also improves other memories in the long term.

Emdr is more effective in trauma therapy than long-term therapies

Numerous studies and the meta-analysis of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV for short) show today that the results of treatment are extremely stable in the long term and that treatment with EMDR is highly effective. These positive results could also be observed in small children. In treatment with EMDR, significantly fewer treatment sessions are required to achieve stabilization. For the client, treatment with EMDR means a big difference to the long treatment methods and a better quality of life. The long treatment methods include the forms of psychotherapy that are covered by statutory health insurance: psychoanalysis, depth psychology and behavioral therapy. In July 2020, the G-BA also approved systemic therapy as a health insurance benefit and has been available to patients with statutory health insurance as a new form of therapy. It is not yet clear how treatment with EMDR compares to systemic therapy.

Application of Emdr in hypnosis

It was shown that a particularly large symptom relief was made possible when EMDR with behavioral therapy or a method similar to hypnosis is used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma-related disorders. The combination is the best, most effective form for treating trauma. While studies have shown that classic talk therapy is not effective for PDFs (trauma)! They usually don't bring very much change, which is what those seeking help most want in the situation. In contrast, EMDR leads to an end to the symptoms. EMDR terminates the pathogenic memories and allows normal memory of the experience or experiences. This makes it possible to resolve functional disorders and establish a new way of dealing with traumatic experiences.
A bad memory is consciously called up and re-evaluated during the safe and protected state of hypnosis. A known trigger of the affected person is used for activation. The hypnotherapist accompanies and guides the so-called processing with the help of eye movements. This is done repeatedly until re-evaluation occurs and initial feelings have changed. Many of the clients are very surprised about the process and experience demonstrably and also subsequently a clear positive change.

Additional Information

In the following article you will learn more about the treatment of hypnosis in trauma - hypnosis in trauma therapy:

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