What is EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective, evidence-based, 8-phase therapy. It was initially developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro for the treatment of trauma-related conditions like PTSD, but it has also been found effective in conditions such as anxiety and depression. Avance Care Behavioral Health therapists use EMDR to help individuals heal from traumatic experiences, distressing memories, and various mental health issues causing troublesome symptoms in their day-to-day life.
How it Works
When someone goes through difficulties (trauma), the memories of those difficulties may not get properly stored in the brain. Instead, these improperly processed memories become “blocks” to every day thinking, feeling, and functioning. The EMDR therapy technique allows clients to come to their own healing and insights based on the helpful information that their brain is already holding, but unable to use due to being “blocked.”
Unlike conventional “talk therapy,” EMDR uses “bilateral stimulation” (typical eye movements) to help the brain reprocess the trauma or distressing experience. EMDR can clear out those “blocks” by accessing the memories, processing the distress and negative cognitions associated with those blocks, and allowing the now “reprocessed” memories to be stored properly, without the “blocking” distress attached, and with helpful information now attached.
Overall, EMDR is used to help clients reprocess memories from the past, triggers that exist in the present, and help plan for future situations.
Additional information about EMDR is available from EDMR International Association.