If you find that conventional talk therapy isn't cutting it, EMDR therapy offers a solution that utilizes proven techniques to help you work through difficult emotions.
What does EMDR stand for?
EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a scientifically-backed form of psychotherapy designed to alleviate symptoms associated with traumatic memories and experiences.
How does it work?
The therapy world has developed multiple theories to explain how EMDR works, some more complex than others. The most important thing to understand is that a traumatic event or memory may cause a block in the brain’s processing preventing healing. EMDR can remove that block through bilateral stimulation (typically through rapid eye movements) so that your brain can heal.
An example of rapid eye movement is when your eyes move back and forth during REM sleep. During this deep sleep state, your eyes move back and forth quickly while your brain processes information. EMDR simulates that same eye movement while you are talking about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in your body related to your traumatic memories so that your brain can move through the trauma and reprocess it differently. EMDR does not affect your memory of the traumatic event but changes how you see, think about, and/or experience it in your body.
What can I expect?
Through EMDR therapy, you can expect to talk about difficult memories while the therapist guides you through a specific protocol. Your brain does all the work for you; your job is to show up and share what you are thinking, feeling, and experiencing in your body. If talk therapy isn’t getting you the results you are looking for, EMDR may be a great fit for you!