EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is intriguing to me. I have had it done on me several times with different therapists and I can’t say how it has manifested change in my life just yet. Recently I have been working with my current therapist and doing some EMDR around body image and feeling safe in my body. That in itself is a topic worthy of thousands of words. Suffice to say that extra weight=feeling safer. Hey. It doesn’t have to be logical.
The reason I like EMDR is that I like the idea of hocus-pocus or shortcuts in therapy. I feel like I’ve been in therapy for most of my life, although that is not my reality. I was in therapy for a lot of my twenties, part of my very early thirties, and then not again until now (mid forties). So, basically, I’m a liar. I better do some EMDR on that.
There’s some logic in this EMDR dealio about crossing the poles of the body and rewiring the brain. Sorry I can’t get more scientific on you but I really hate when people write educational blogs that seem like they are talking down to their readers, I’m not gonna do that shit! So just stick with me here. There are different exercises you can do to also cross the poles, and my therapist gave me a cd of music that goes left ear-right ear, all trippy like that, to have the same effect. I am extremely interested in rewiring my brain and MOVING where I have been STUCK for years. I can say that I HAVE had quite a lot of movement since my mini-breakdown in December and I hope to keep up that momentum.
I’d love to hear other people’s insight on EMDR, crossing poles, other propellants to growth, or whatever types of therapy that are tickling your fancy right now. Look I know EMDR is old, and everyone is talking about DBT now. Go ahead and talk about it!! But think about it. We’re BI-POL-AR!! Wouldn’t it make sense that crossing the poles, zig and then zag, left ear-right ear might make some sense? Just a wild and wacky thought (but maybe a super-good one) from your resident BIPOLAR ON FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! That is all……