What Is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful body/mind psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic disorders, disturbing memories and PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy due to the fact that it often results in quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
Research demonstrates EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing. (for more information about research on EMDR, go to www.emdria.org.)
EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly stimulates the opposite hemispheres of the brain and activates the learning system thus releasing emotional experiences that are “stuck” in the brain. As the emotionally disturbing images and feelings are processed by the brain via the bi-lateral stimulation used with EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state is achieved.
What is an EMDR session like?
During an EMDR session the client is asked to identify the traumatic memory, recall feelings and negative beliefs surrounding the experience. The therapist then activates the bilateral stimulation by either asking the client to hold sensors that alternate in vibration, or watch a light move back and forth on a light bar, or follow the therapist’s fingers as they move back and forth in windshield wiper movements before the client’s eyes. The client focuses on the memory and any physical sensations accompanying the memory as they track the back and forth movement. Memories associated with the target trauma event may arise during the therapy session and are processed resulting in painful feelings being released and resolved enabling more tolerable feeling and in some cases, positive response to themselves when recalling the event in the future.