Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a therapy technique that uses eye movements to treat trauma-related symptoms.
Structured eye movements combined with describing distressing past events can help our brains to heal and gain closure from the past. Researchers believe this is because EMDR taps into brain process that take place during REM sleep – the state of sleep when we experience rapid eye movements. This has also been found to be the stage when our brains are sorting through our memories, arranging our experiences into a coherent story, and discarding information we no longer need. EMDR appears to tap into this process. We use this in the therapy process to help direct your brain’s healing capacity in relation to trauma memories or difficult past experiences.
EMDR has great research support, and is known as an evidence-based treatment modality. It has been shown to be a very effective treatment for trauma and PTSD, and often works in relatively few sessions.
There are some clients for whom EMDR may not be a good fit. I will help assess where you are at in your healing process and let you know if EMDR may be a good treatment to consider. More information is available at the EMDR International Association website: EMDRIA.
Feel free to ask me more about EMDR when you call for your initial phone consultation!