What is 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 such as PTSD, depression and anxiety.
What does that mean?
EMDR allows for one to process distressing experiences in a different way that helps diminish the negative emotional, mental and somatic symptoms caused through the distressing experience. Let's take for example you experience a cut on your leg and and the body works to heal the wound. However, it turns out that there is a foreign object in the wound that irritates it and causes pain. Once the object is removed the body then continues to heal. EMDR offers the same process on a mental level. The brain experiences a block to processing which impedes healing. EMDR helps remove that block through a technique called bilateral stimulation which essentially activates opposite sides of the brain facilitating processing.
Instances I may introduce EMDR to help are to treat conditions such as:
Sexual and/or Physical abuse
None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?
Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional belief that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?
If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.