What is EMDR?
“Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a psychotherapeutic technique, which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems.
Sometimes events in our lives can lead us to feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope or respond the way we normally can do to stressful events. Situations such as violence, an accident, a disaster or any chronic or repetitive exposure to a perceived traumatic experience, can lead to symptoms, such as guilt, anger, worry, avoidance, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, hypervigilance, flashbacks or nightmares.
EMDR uses dual attention stimulation to assist with events that feel stuck, frozen or disturbing and assist to reactivate the system’s information processing abilities, processing the event from maladaptive to an adaptive path.
EMDR is NOT
- a magic pill
- …to be use with an untrained clinician
EMDR is considered an effective therapy that can bring about relief for most types of emotional distress.