What is EMDR therapy and how does it work?
EMDR therapy is an evidence-based treatment designed to ease the distress created by traumatic memories and past unpleasant experiences. Lateral Eye Movements are used to access the traumatic memory network in the brain, and through this, the disturbance once associated with the memory is lifted. New thoughts and associations about the once traumatic experience are developed. Often with trauma and unsettling situations, you develop negative thoughts and feelings about yourself. EMDR therapy helps liberate you from the burdens of guilt and shame, and develop a new sense of self around once troubling situations.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy allows you to feel a sense of peace over situations you cannot control. It helps you see reality more clearly. EMDR is not only beneficial for trauma survivors, but also in treating various forms of anxiety and depression, phobias, grief and loss, and numerous other mental health conditions.
EMDR therapy works with memory, but it is not necessary for you to recall distressing events detail-for-detail to participate and experience the benefits. The goal of EMDR therapy is to resolve the impact of unpleasant experiences, not to fully remember every detail about them. As you’re doing the work, and usually very quickly, the distress associated with a particular memory is dissolved and the nervous system is relieved. Clients report feeling their whole bodies becoming lighter and less weighted, their heads more clear, and their hearts more at peace. Following EMDR, people report feeling acceptance of the past, excitement about the future, and a sense of ultimate liberation.