Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
This innovative therapy is based on the idea that some of the fears we all face are earlier life experiences that are locked in our nervous system and are triggered by present day events and circumstances. These are stored as trauma in the brain, in the form of memory networks.
In trauma, great of small, information processing is disrupted because the integration of components of an event is blocked. As a consequence, when the memory is brought to mind, the feelings are re-experienced rather than simply remembered. This can be either conscious or unconscious and accounts for much of our present day emotional pain.
EMDR can help restart and facilitate processing. When this happens, it is possible to learn what you need to know from these difficult experiences from the past and discard the rest of the emotions, sensations and assumptions you had in the past.
The goal of EMDR is to work things through on all levels so that the person's responses are naturally healthy ones, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. EMDR is now one of the best researched and most widely validated therapies for treating posttraumatic stress. Studies designed to document its effectiveness are ongoing in many other areas as well.
EMDR accelerated information processing and can be applied to a wide range of problems that hold us back in life. As science uncovers, more and more, how the brain/mind functions, we are learning that psychotherapy which focuses on trauma resolution of all kinds actually helps and heals an extensive range of maladies not previously thought to be trauma-related.
Due to the historical success of applying EMDR to certain areas of distress, EMDR psychotherapists now routinely treat clinical problems where EMDR has been seen to produce considerable success:
- Posttraumatic stress
- Acute stress
- Generalized anxiety
- Depression and depressed mood
- Impulse control disruptions of many kinds
- Anger management problems
- Abuse and Trauma
- Grief and Loss
- Relationship Concerns
- Self esteem
- Performance enhancement