EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and reprocessing. It is a therapy empirically proven to reduce the symptoms that are related traumatic events and memories. It is used to dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events. EMDR can be used to treat multiple issues.
Some of these are:
- Panic Attacks
- Sleep Disturbances
- PTSD Trauma
- And other emotional problems
How EMDR Works
EMDR has a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. It aids in the release of emotionally charged experiences that are “stuck” in the nervous system.
1. First, a target or disturbing thought, feeling, or memory id decided upon by the client.
2. Bilateral stimulation (the moving of the eyes in a side to side pattern) is conducted by the therapist.
3. Disturbing memories are reprocessed by the brain. The result is a lessening of painful feelings and emotions that were associated with the memory or event. Previous intense emotions are traded for more resolved, peaceful feelings.