What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Check out the video below to learn more!
EMDR therapy utilizes bilateral stimulation through the methods of eye movement (using a light bar), pulsars (also known as “buzzers”), and headphones. These methods allows the ability of your body to naturally heal in the manner it is intended to do. While sets are being repeated, the memory/experience begins to lose its intensity to become a neutral memory.
Having used EMDR for 20 years now, it has been the most effective way to process traumatic memories, maladaptive beliefs and feelings of being stuck that I have found. I encourage you to watch the following video to get a 1st hand look at how an EMDR would go, the only difference being is that I use the above lightbar system which is even more effective!