EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) is an integrative therapeutic approach that helps release emotions, memories, and feelings from the nervous system. EMDR can be very useful in working with traumas such as natural disasters, combat veterans, sexual assault, incest, rape, physical abuse, car accidents, etc. We refer to these as Big Traumas.
EMDR is also valuable for working with what is often called Little Traumas. Little traumas are situations that were not major traumatic episodes, but they result in a negative belief system and can disrupt the quality of your life. Some examples of little traumas include things like experiencing ridicule for how you look, being humiliated by a parent or caregiver, emotional neglect in childhood, having a parent who is an alcoholic, etc. These little traumas can lead to seeing yourself negatively, which could cause difficulties in relationships and get in your way of success.
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to aid these stuck emotional memories to unblock them from your nervous system. Bilateral stimulation manipulates your brain's right and left sides through eye movements, tapping, or sound, allowing experiences to resolve.
Research has shown that EMDR is quick and effective. EMDR is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can happen effectively. This powerful therapy is very effective for many disorders, including sexual abuse and traumatic incidents, phobias, negative thoughts, anxiety, self-esteem issues, nightmares, phobias, depression, performance anxiety, etc.
For more information, go to: https://www.emdr.com/