EMDR What is it and how does it work?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy is one of the most cutting-edge and successful modalities for healing from trauma. It is used in treating trauma, PTSD, anxiety, phobias, and other various disorders. Oftentimes, traumatic experiences, in early childhood or in any time of life, causes a person to form negative beliefs about themselves and the world. Lateral Eye Movements or bilateral stimulation are used to access the neural network related to negative or traumatic memories. The brain is able to process the memories until the disturbances associated with the memory are lifted. New thoughts and associations about the once traumatic experience are developed. EMDR therapy helps the client to form new connections to their trauma and allows freedom from the burdens of guilt and shame. Once freed from these afflictions, one can develop a new sense of Self around once troubling situations.
EMDR Therapy helps you to see reality more clearly. This allows you to feel a sense of peace over situations you cannot – or could not – control. EMDR is not only beneficial for trauma survivors, but also in treating various forms of anxiety and depression, phobias, grief and loss, and numerous other mental health conditions.
EMDR therapy works with memory, but it is not necessary for you to recall distressing events detail-for-detail to participate and experience the benefits. The goal is to eliminate the impact of unpleasant experiences, not to fully remember every detail about them. As you’re doing the work, and usually very quickly, the distress associated with a particular memory is dissolved and the nervous system is relieved. Clients report feeling their whole bodies becoming lighter and less weighted, their heads more clear, and their hearts more at peace. Following EMDR, people report feeling acceptance of the past, excitement about the future, and a sense of ultimate liberation.