EMDR reprograms how the brain recalls and processes memories.
During traumatic situations, memories can be stored in the brain and body along with sounds, sights, thoughts and feelings that accompany them.
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.
Types of Issues addressed with EMDR:
- Abuse: childhood; emotional, physical, sexual
- Assault, sexual physical
- Accident, – car, disaster, natural or fire
- Witness to violence/crime
- Victim of violence/crime
- Performance anxiety
- Public speaking
- Anxiety or panic or worry
- Phobia or fears
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Overwhelming fears
- Low self-esteem or poor self-image
- Relationship problems
- Issues of trust
- Feelings of guilt or shame
- Unexplainable fears
- Disturbing thoughts
EMDR helps people overcome anxiety, fear, and trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is often a helpful tool in addressing anxiety, fear, and trauma and is used to complement other therapy approaches.