Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that allows people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.

EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma just like the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If repeated injury irritates the wound, it doesn't heal. 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 can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Complete treatment of the targets involves a three pronged protocol (1-past memories, 2-present disturbance, 3-future actions), and are needed to ease the symptoms and address the complete the treatment.

The goal of EMDR therapy is to process entirely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones. In 'processing', what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future.