Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a popular type of psychotherapy that is useful in helping alleviate the symptoms that stem from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. First developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro, a psychologist from New York City, EMDR uses rapid and rhythmic eye movements under the instruction of a psychotherapist and is often combined with a series of tapping exercises or the playing of alternative sounds in each ear.

Disturbing events tend to stay locked inside our subconscious and the events replay in our minds repeatedly. EMDR aims to disrupt these painful memories so that healing can begin. The overwhelming majority of women diagnosed with both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa have experienced a traumatic event in their past, using their disordered eating behaviors as a coping mechanism for the trauma. Common types of trauma experienced by women with eating disorders include:

  • Bullying at a young age
  • Unexpected death of a friend or family member
  • Friend or family member that committed suicide
  • Divorce or conflicts of parents
  • Neglected by their parents during their adolescent years
  • Moving often from place to place
  • Family members that struggled with a drug or alcohol addiction
  • Witnessed violence first-hand
  • Physically or sexually abused/assaulted

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

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Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
has eight phases of treatment in total.

EMDR sessions

EMDR sessions often conclude with a relaxation exercise, with many clients making considerable improvements after just three or four sessions with an EMDR therapist. Treating the underlying issues of trauma is the key to overcoming disordered eating behaviors. EMDR can also prove beneficial for women that struggle with co-occurring depression or anxiety.

Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders recognizes EMDR therapy as one of the best treatment methods for our clients that have a history of trauma. When combined with our other effective therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), clients make excellent strides in restoring their health.


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Eating Disorder Group Therapy and More at Magnolia Creek

Magnolia Creek has much to offer anyone struggling with eating disorders, including comprehensive eating disorder group therapy. For more information on our variety of therapy programs, reach out to us at 205-509-2441.

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