What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is trauma treatment method used to heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. EMDR is the most effective and a rapid method for healing.
How does EMDR work?
When a trauma happens, it’s stored in the brain with all the sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that accompany it. When a person is very upset, the brain seems to be unable to process the experience as it would normally. Therefore, the negative thoughts and feelings of the traumatic event are “trapped” in the nervous system. Since the brain cannot process these emotions, the experience and/or it’s accompanying feelings are often suppressed from consciousness. However, the distress lives on in the nervous system where it causes disturbances in the emotional functioning of the person.
The EMDR Technique does two very important things. First, it “unlocks” the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and second, it helps the brain to successfully process the experience.
EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation which activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This assists the mind and body connection to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
What are the advantages of EMDR Therapy?
Research studies show that EMDR is very effective in helping people process emotionally painful and traumatic experiences. When used with other therapeutic EMDR can move the client quickly from emotional distress to peaceful resolution of the issues or events.