Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a psychotherapy treatment that is effective for resolving emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult or frightening life experiences.
EMDR therapy is designed to help a person identify events that feel stuck and cause distress in their current life. These events can become unprocessed memories that get stored in the brain with disturbing images, thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that without treatment may lead to distressing symptoms and behaviors.
EMDR Therapy helps facilitate the activation of the brain’s ability to process and integrate the information that got stored or stuck. When a disturbing event or trauma occurs, it can get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Since the event is locked, it continues to be triggered whenever a reminder comes up.
The eye movements or other Dual Attention Stimulation (DAS) used in EMDR seem to unlock the nervous system and allow the mind and body to process the experience. EMDR will not erase the memory, but instead you’ll remember the story without all the emotions that was distressing before the treatment.
It is important to remember that it is your own brain that will be doing the healing, and that you are the one in control.
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