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Tackle Your Rumination with EMDR Therapy

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Ruminating refers to the persistent and repetitive dwelling on negative thoughts, emotions, and memories. It can take a toll on one's mental health and lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress. While it's normal to have fleeting negative thoughts, ruminating is a persistent pattern of negative thinking that can be difficult to break.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a type of psychotherapy that can help alleviate the unwanted thoughts and emotions associated with ruminating. EMDR was originally developed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it has also been found to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

EMDR works by helping individuals process traumatic memories and negative thoughts through a series of bilateral stimulations. This can involve tracking the therapist's fingers with the eyes, listening to sounds that alternate between the left and right ear, or feeling alternating taps on the hands or knees.

During EMDR therapy, the therapist guides the individual through the traumatic memory or negative thought, while also providing bilateral stimulation. This helps to reprocess the memory or thought, reducing the emotional charge associated with it. Over time, this can lead to a decrease in the intensity and frequency of ruminating thoughts.

One of the benefits of EMDR therapy is that it can provide quick relief from unwanted thoughts and emotions. Unlike traditional talk therapy, which can take months or even years to produce results, EMDR therapy can often produce noticeable improvements in just a few sessions.

Additionally, EMDR therapy can help individuals develop more adaptive coping strategies for dealing with negative thoughts and emotions. Through the therapy, individuals can learn to identify and challenge negative thought patterns, develop positive self-talk, and cultivate mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

In conclusion, ruminating can be a difficult and distressing experience, but EMDR therapy can be a powerful tool in alleviating unwanted thoughts and emotions. If you are struggling with ruminating thoughts, consider seeking the help of a licensed EMDR therapist to explore how this therapy can help you find relief and develop more adaptive coping strategies.


Interested in learning more about EMDR and how it can help you? Schedule a free 15 min consult to learn more! With offices in Gilbert & Phoenix Arizona, our therapists are ready to help you achieve your limitless potential.


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