Eye Movement Desensitizaton & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
By stimulating the natural action of memory processing through eye movement, EMDR helps people to access and “re-process” their traumatic memories and deep core beliefs.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
The EMDR Process
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment approach which focuses on the past, present, and the future.
EMDR works to reprocess distressing events, regulate emotions, increase effective coping skills, achieve emotional stability, and install an alternative positive self-belief.
When traumatic events happen, your brain freezes and can’t process memories normally. These unprocessed memories get stuck and so do the distressing emotions associated with them. By stimulating the natural action of memory processing through eye movement, EMDR helps people to access and “re-process” their traumatic memories and deep core beliefs.
In the Rapid Eye Movement portion, the client focuses on a troubling memory and identifies the belief they have about himself connected to this negative memory. The individual then formulates a positive belief that they would like to have about themselves. All the physical sensations and emotions that accompany the memory are identified. The individual then goes over the memory while focusing on an external stimulus that creates bilateral eye movement.
After each set of bilateral movements, the individual is asked how they feel. This process continues until the memory is no longer disturbing.