What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a researched based integrative therapy that treats trauma. EMDR helps people heal from the impact of traumatic life events and distressing experiences including but not limited to rape, sexual abuse, violence, grief, panic, anxiety, and life transitions.
How Does EMDR Work?
Traumatic experiences can become “stuck” or unprocessed in the brain, creating significant distress and negative symptoms. EMDR helps process the beliefs, images, emotions, and body sensations connected to traumatic memory so that they are no longer distressing. Bilateral stimulation in the form of tapping, buzzers, and/or beeping sounds are used to activate both sides of the brain while a client re-visits a traumatic memory. This allows the brain to use it’s innate healing ability to reprocess a memory so that it no longer has power over the present moment.
It is important to note that EMDR does not erase memories but rather helps the brain integrate trauma so that the memory can be accessed without emotional charge or distress. EMDR therapy also helps clients experience positive emotions and beliefs.
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