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Advanced Cognitive Therapy of New York and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

At Advanced Cognitive Therapy of New York, you can use therapeutic techniques to enhance your progress based on a cognitive therapy foundation. One technique, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), pairs visual stimulation (eye movements) with a focus on traumatic memories and associated negative beliefs. Preliminary research suggests rapid relief of symptoms of anxiety when EMDR is used in conjunction with other therapeutic interventions, such as cognitive therapy (Seligman).

EMDR occurs in the second phase of schema therapy. In the first phase (cognitive-behavioral), your cognitions are identified and labeled as distortions or realistic concerns. If they are realistic concerns, your therapist will work with you to solve the problem or accept the concern and realistically determine the concern’s effects. If the cognitions are distorted, your therapist will help you challenge the distortions to arrive at a realistic perspective. In the second phase, emotive work, your emotions are tied to your schemas, or negative beliefs. The two main techniques used to work with emotions are Imagery (a Gestahlt technique) and EMDR. With a solid cognitive therapy foundation, you can challenge negative beliefs during Imagery and EMDR that can bring about lasting changes to your life. Once schemas are challenged, the belief and intensity of the negative cognitions diminish and work focuses on the third phase, behavioral change.

EMDR can be especially helpful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. Specifically, EMDR can help heal the ravages of traumatic events such as terrorist attacks and rape, lay grief to rest, reduce phobias and panic attacks, and break addictions.

Competency of Therapist is an Issue
The availability of competent EMDR therapists is an issue. At Advanced Cognitive Therapy of New York, you will work with a highly experienced therapist who is compassionate, understanding, and nonjudgmental. Trained at the EMDR Institute, you can be assured your therapist expertly uses the latest therapeutic techniques and skills, with broad experience in your area of concern, and genuinely wants to help you feel better.

Call now for a consultation to discuss therapy options: (212) 725-7774 or (888) 4-ACT-NYC or contact us via our online form.



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