Mental health is an increasingly important topic of discussion in today’s world, especially when it comes to students. Unfortunately, many students are struggling with depression due to various life circumstances. One therapy that can be used to help treat depression in students is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Let’s take a deeper look into what EMDR is and how it can help students.
What Is EMDR?
EMDR is a type of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in 1989. EMDR has been proven to be effective in treating various types of trauma, including those related to depression, anxiety, grief, and addiction. It works by helping the client access their unconscious memories and re-process them in a way that reduces their emotional distress. This can lead to positive changes in the way they think about themselves and the world around them.
How Does EMDR Work?
The key element of EMDR therapy is the use of bilateral stimulation (BLS). BLS involves stimulating both sides of the brain with some sort of sensory input such as eye movements, sounds or taps on the body. During this process, the client will focus on a traumatic memory while their therapist uses BLS to help them access their unconscious memories and reprocess them so that they no longer cause distress. The goal is for clients to gain insight into how these traumatic experiences have impacted their lives as well as develop healthier coping strategies for dealing with future stressors.
How Can EMDR Help Students With Depression?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy can be incredibly beneficial to students experiencing depression. During EMDR, a psychotherapist helps clients process and heal from past experiences by looking back at these memories while engaging in eye movements that help reduce the distress associated with them. Students struggling with depression can benefit greatly from this kind of counselling because it offers an opportunity to explore the underlying causes of their depression within the context of a secure, healing relationship with the therapist. EMDR psychotherapy can provide depressed students with long-term effects such as improved psychological health, increased motivation and optimism, better emotional regulation skills, and self-esteem. Ultimately, this type of psychotherapy can facilitate transformation in those who are bravely fighting against depression.
Benefits of EMDR for Students With Depression
For students struggling with depression, EMDR can be an invaluable tool for managing symptoms such as anxiety, intrusive thoughts, low self-esteem, and difficulty concentrating or sleeping. It can also help them identify unhealthy patterns in their behavior that may be contributing to their depression and provide insight into how they can improve these behaviors moving forward. Additionally, since EMDR focuses on resolving past traumas rather than simply managing symptoms like other therapies do, it can provide long-term relief from depression symptoms instead of just short-term management techniques.
What Can A Student With Depression Expect From EMDR?
EMDR psychotherapy can be a beneficial experience for students with depression. It is typically conducted by a psychotherapist or psychiatrist and involves using specific types of techniques such as eye-movement desensitization, to help the patient work through their struggling thoughts and emotions. The process allows students to increasingly gain control over how they feel and how they respond to their challenges, ultimately creating more stability in their mental health journey. This type of counselling allows students to connect with the therapist and establish a safe space to explore whatever it is that’s causing them anxiety or depression, no matter how deeply embedded it may be. Students can expect this psychotherapy session to help uncover the underlying traumas that are contributing to their present depression. With the guidance of a skilled psychotherapist, a student can look forward to taking positive steps toward well-being and managing depression in an effective way.
How Long Will EMDR Take To Work For A Student Suffering/Dealing With Depression?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy is a breakthrough approach to counselling that has recently become more widely used in the treatment of depression. In brief, during EMDR psychotherapy, a therapist guides a student through rapid side-to-side eye movements while they focus on unresolved and negative feelings connected to their condition. The length of time it takes for EMDR psychotherapy to be effective depends on many factors such as the severity of the depression and the student’s willingness to commit to the treatment plan suggested by their therapist. In general, though, consistent follow-up with a psychotherapist who is licensed in EMDR psychotherapy could allow for significant results in as little as three to six months.
How Do I Know If EMDR Is The Right Treatment For A Student With Depression?
When it comes to the treatment of depression in students, psychotherapeutic treatments such as Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may be beneficial. Before deciding to pursue EMDR, students should have a consultation with their psychotherapist to discuss their therapeutic goals and any possible side effects. The psychotherapist can provide professional advice on the proper approach for treating student depression and whether EMDR is the best option. Counselling can also be beneficial for this population, providing support during difficult times and enabling students to develop healthier coping strategies for dealing with stressors. In the end, determining whether or not EMDR treatment is right for a particular student ultimately depends on their individual needs and preferences.
All in all, EMDR therapy has proven itself time and time again as an effective treatment for many types of mental health issues including depression in students specifically. It works by helping clients access their unconscious memories so that they can reprocess them without feeling distressed or overwhelmed by emotion. By doing so, clients are able to gain insight into how these experiences have impacted their lives as well as develop healthier coping strategies for dealing with future stressors. If you know someone who may benefit from this kind of therapy then don’t hesitate to seek out a qualified therapist who specializes in EMDR treatment today!
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Sarah Jackson, BBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying), or one of the other psychotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!