It is thought that these memories get ‘locked’ so that they are fully re-experienced when a memory is recalled. EMDR is a technique that helps the brain process and ‘unlock’ the memory.
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, such as right eye/left eye movement or sound, while concentrating on a memory. Following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event or memory is brought to mind. They may still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.
Compared to other traditional therapies, EMDR can rapidly resolve trauma symptoms and other disturbing emotions. When used with other therapies, EMDR can bring relief, provide insight into past issues, and restore mind/brain processing.