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Attachment Focused EMDR

Attachment-Focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an approach to psychotherapy that combines EMDR therapy with attachment theory. Attachment theory suggests that early experiences with caregivers shape our ability to form and maintain healthy relationships throughout our lives.

Attachment-Focused EMDR recognizes that many of our early attachment experiences can result in negative beliefs about ourselves and the world that can affect our ability to form healthy attachments in the present. The goal of Attachment-Focused EMDR is to identify and reprocess these negative beliefs and memories through the use of bi-lateral stimulation (tapping on shoulders, eye movement, etc.), which is a key component of EMDR therapy.

The therapy aims to help clients heal attachment wounds, which can manifest as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and other emotional or behavioral problems. Attachment-Focused EMDR typically involves a comprehensive assessment of attachment history, identification of negative beliefs and related traumatic memories, and reprocessing of these memories with eye movements to promote emotional and cognitive integration.

Overall, Attachment-Focused EMDR can be a powerful therapeutic approach for those seeking to address attachment-related difficulties and improve their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships.

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