What is EMDR therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach originally developed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR has been extensively researched and proven to be effective for treating trauma and other mental health issues. EMDR does not require talking about distressing issues.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to activate opposite sides of the brain repeatedly. Therapists use eye movements, tapping, or sounds to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep. This portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in a person’s life. EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories so that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed due to traumatic situations. EMDR allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
EMDR may be used along with standard talk therapy or as a stand-alone treatment.
Positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with other issues, including:
- Chronic illness and medical issues
- Chronic pain
- Grief and loss
- Panic Attacks
- Sleep Disturbance
Feel free to contact me today for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.