EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an intensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help clients heal from disturbing experiences in their lives, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
According to Dr. Francine Shapiro, when a distressing event happened, it can get locked in the brain with images, emotions, thoughts, and body sensations. EMDR seems to stimulate the information and allows the brain to process the experience. It is similar to what we experience in REM or dream sleep.
The eye movement may help to process the material. It is the client’s brain that will be doing the healing and be in control. The well-trained therapist will facilitate the process. The client does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on unhooking or change the emotions, thoughts, or beliefs resulting from the painful problem, allow the brain to resume its natural healing process. Even after the session. EMDR might help the client to resolve the unprocessed trauma in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.
EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:
- Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
- Chronic Illness and medical issues
- Depression and bipolar disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Performance anxiety
- Personality disorders
- PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
- Sexual assault
- Sleep disturbance
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Violence and abuse
In this video you will hear more from trained therapist and clients experienced EMDR: