E M D R – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Unresolved trauma from our past may be continuing to affect us negatively in our present day lives. Depression, anxiety, unhealthy addictive behaviors, and eating disorders are among the many symptoms of unresolved trauma. Upon further examination, such life struggles often began in the aftermath of a traumatic event.
EMDR has been thought to be one of the most effective and thoroughly researched methods ever used in treating trauma. Within three to four sessions of EMDR, many people that have been treated for a traumatic incident find relief from post-trauma emotional symptoms. EMDR is different from traditional talk therapy and many will feel positive results in as little as one session.
It is believed that EMDR works by permitting the traumatic memories to be accessed and then processed both emotionally and cognitively, which allows for their resolution. The trained therapist may utilize a variety of rhythmic stimulation and/or facilitate eye movements in the person during the treatment. When traumatic memories are accessed in a safe environment, it is believed that the processing of such memories is heightened and new links are made between the traumatic memories and more adaptive information. As a result, new information is processed, leading to the reduction and/or elimination of current problematic behaviors and feelings while new insights about the memories are developed.