EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a method of psychotherapy that effectively relieves the haunting quality of overwhelming experiences by transforming how those memories are held in the mind and body. Decades of extensive research has made EMDR the treatment of choice for resolving post-traumatic stress.
We often think of trauma as a huge event, like a car accident or childhood abuse. However, EMDR addresses any kind of disturbing experience that has lingered and affected your life. For instance, when a teacher humiliates a third grader who, then believes, “I’m stupid,” or a boy is punished for crying and then is unable to express sadness, these seemingly innocuous experiences are actually significant in a person’s life.
EMDR is a process of working with the traumatic memory by recalling it in order to release it. While the mechanics of EMDR are not completely understood, it is thought that the bilateral stimulation utilized in EMDR evokes a REM-like state in the brain that allows incomplete experiences to be safely processed and integrated as normal memories.
As traumatic experiences are integrated, perceptions of the experience spontaneously shift, negative beliefs naturally give way to grace, the body releases old tensions, emotions ease. Symptoms of anxiety, shame, nightmares, and hypervigilance, diminish or disappear.
EMDR creates amazing results and deep healing experiences. If you suffer from PTSD, or the after-effects of trauma, chances are good that EMDR can help restore you to wholeness. EMDR takes place as an appropriate and mutually agreed-upon treatment in the context of a well-developed therapeutic relationship.