EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a powerful technique that has helped over 2 million people. It was discovered in 1987 by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro, and is one of the few researched techniques with proven effectiveness.
It is especially helpful with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), but can also be very powerful treating anxiety, and other forms of emotional pain. It is also wonderful when used to reinforce positive strengths and abilities.
During trauma, we are usually triggered into fight or flight mode, and this greatly helps us survive the moment. However, the higher functioning part of of our brain may get turned off, and this can leave us with leftover trauma or upset.
This remaining trauma can cause depression, anxiety, flashbacks, rage, anger, and other impairments in our functioning. EMDR therapy is extremely helpful in neutralizing and re-processing the traumatic memories. The difference between a trauma and an old memory makes all the difference in our ability to function. EMDR helps the trauma become just a bad memory. This shift in our memory also eliminates the old dysfunctional symptoms.
Many people do know that we can also have trauma from every day life events, such as being embarrassed, school experiences, lonliness, etc. It is not only survivors of child abuse, or war veterans that can get PTSD.
EMDR generally works much faster than traditional talk therapy, and can be much more effective. Plus the process does not re-traumatize the person receiving the treatment.
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