What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is different from traditional "talk therapy". When a disturbing event occurs, it is stored in the brain with all the sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that accompany it. When a person is very upset, the brain seems to be unable to process the experience as it would normally. Therefore, the negative thoughts and feelings of the traumatic event are "trapped" in the brain. Since the brain cannot process these emotions, the experience and/or it's accompanying feelings are often suppressed from consciousness. However, the distress lives on in the brain where it causes disturbances in the emotional functioning of the person.
The EMDR Technique does two very important things. First, it "unlocks" the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and second, it helps the brain to successfully process the experience.
Some clients have said, "I don't know how it works, but it does"; "It's like therapy on super speed"; "It was different from what I am used to but I don't care because I'm better".
EMDR is helpful for both children and adults. Although this list is not exhaustive, if you're dealing with any of the following, EMDR may be helpful to you.
Abuse (all forms)
Anxiety and Panic
Phobias and Fear
Poor self-image/low self esteem
Stress and worry
Grief and Loss(death, divorce, job loss, etc)
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