EMDR is a therapeutic intervention that harnesses the brain’s ability to heal itself in the treatment of trauma and other emotional and physiological destabilizing disorders. Developed by Francine Shapiro, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (EMDR, for short), has long been utilized in the successful treatment of PTSD, C-PTSD, and as an early intervention for traumatic events. Over the years, since its development, EMDR has shown to provide great results in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and as a way to increase a person’s sense of overall groundedness and well-being.
So, how does this work? EMDR therapy engages bi-lateral stimulation (gets both sides of the brain to chat with one another) through eye movements, tapping, or side-to-side referring sounds. Through activating the brain bi-laterally, clients then are able to process a past traumatic experience in real-time in the safety of the therapist’s office or their own home, if working with a virtual therapist. A different approach than traditional talk therapy, EMDR engages the whole body, brain, and mind in the work of addressing the interfering, distressing symptoms clients experience from past events.
The goal of EMDR treatment is freedom from activation and arousal of the overall body and mind by past events, and an increase in the positive aspects of client resilience, hope, and personal strengths. While not a cure-all, EMDR is a powerful intervention for anyone’s therapy journey. If you’d like to know more, or are ready to get started, we’re here for you.