Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy focuses on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from a distressing issue and allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.
While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.
Therapists use EMDR therapy with children and adults of all ages to address a wide range of challenges:
After the therapist and client agree that EMDR therapy is a good fit, the client will work through the eight phases of EMDR therapy with their therapist. Attention will be given to a negative image, belief, and body feeling related to this event, and then to a positive belief that would indicate the issue was resolved.
Anyone can experience intense trauma. EMDR therapy is widely considered one of the best treatments for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it has been endorsed as an effective therapy by many organizations.
Find out more about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy at EMDRIA.org