EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases or eliminates the symptoms of PTSD for a majority of clients, as well as alleviating other associated symptoms such as anxiety. Remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person “sees” or perceives the world and the way they relate to other people. Through EMDR, negative emotions, feelings and behaviors caused by unresolved earlier experiences can be reprocessed and disturbing material can be seen in a new and less distressing way. EMDR is founded on the premise that each person has both an innate tendency to move toward health and wholeness and the inner capacity to achieve it. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.