Dr. Baldwin believes in utilizing the latest research and procedures beyond traditional behavioral therapy to help patients reach their goals. He uses Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, or EMDR therapy, to assist people in overcoming traumas. Dr. Baldwin is also a proponent of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in helping patients release negative emotions. Get in touch with our office today for more about undergoing EFT or EMDR in Warwick, RI.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
EMDR™ is a technique developed by Francine Schapiro Ph.D. that has been employed to neutralize past and present trauma. The traumas may originate from a single incident event or repeated episodes over extended periods of time. In addition to the more blatant experiences such as assault, accidents or injuries, episodes of loss or trauma, there are experiences of ongoing emotional abuse or neglect which the person may not remember clearly or at all in adulthood.
EMDR treatments involve having a person visualize or represent in some other way some aspect or example of the experience. The person is then invited to think of a current negative thought or belief and emotion as they experience the negative events, and their intensity and location in the body. Then they are asked to identify and rate the strength of a positive belief about themselves. From here the person is invited to engage in repeated eye movements or other types of bilateral stimulation until the problem intensity is neutralized.
EMI™ or eye movement integration has some similarities and some differences from EMDR. The eye movement is somewhat slower, and the pattern of movement may change during any single sequence. The person is invited to think of a problem issue and watch it as a movie.
While watching, they are asked to consider a positive thought about themselves which is running across the bottom of the movie as a subscript. These varied eye movements are undertaken for up to 15 repetitions per sequence, and the sequences are repeated until the problem issue diminishes.
Emotional Freedom Techniques
EFT was developed by Dr. Gary Craig. This approach involves tapping the body at certain "meridian points." It is based on the assumption that "the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."
The initial step or the "set up," involves a tapping sequence to clear "psychological reversals," or blockages in the body's energy balance. This step is important for the beneficial impact of subsequent tapping sequences.
Initial blockages or "psychological reversals," may be caused by negative thinking patterns which often occur subconsciously.
After the initial tapping sequence, subsequent tapping procedures are applied to the "energy meridian points," while thinking of the problem issue until it is cleared. For further information, consult the EFT website.