What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a treatment used to “desensitize and reprocess” memories that have been stored as a result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR is considered to be a break-through therapy because of the quick and lasting relief clients feel from their emotional distress. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
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What can I expect in an EMDR session?
During EMDR, the therapist will work with you to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session. You will call to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event. The
therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while you focus on the disturbing material, notice whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content. Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about yourself. During EMDR, you may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.
*Info from EMDR International Association