Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing




Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been well-researched and proven to be effective in recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, and many other distressing symptoms.

How it works. In EMDR, it is not necessary to talk to the therapist about your traumatic memories. Instead, the therapist will lead you through bilateral stimulation sets (either eye movement, sounds, or tapping) while focusing on the memory. This process allows your brain to integrate the traumatic material which allows you to heal and restore your sense of ownership of your body and mind.

Who may benefit from it? People who had traumatic experiences ranging from childhood events to accidents, often have unresolved traumatic memories that may be “stuck” in their minds, preventing personal growth. EMDR can help integrate these events so that they can stop having a life of their own and instead become memories that can be safely left in the past. Since EMDR does not require clients to share details of their memories, it can be a good option for those who prefer not to talk about their experiences.

To consider. EMDR work requires commitment since it is desirable to complete the processing of traumatic memories rather than recalling and leaving them unprocessed. Trauma processing requires activation of traumatic memories, therefore it may bring up uncomfortable feelings from the past. These feelings will eventually fade, but they may be uncomfortable at the moment.