What is EMDR?
Many emotional and mental health problems, as well as somatic symptoms, result from unprocessed traumatic memories that are stored in the brain. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy assists the brain to access and reprocess these traumatic memories and sets in motion the natural healing processes.
EMDR therapy has been extensively researched with a high success rate in treating adults, adolescents and children with a wide variety of emotional and psychological problems including PTSD, anxiety, phobias, depression, attachment disorders and negative beliefs about the self that contribute to low self-esteem. Many types of therapy have similar goals of decreasing negative symptoms and changing deep seeded beliefs. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that builds new neural networks in the brain to help a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.