EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing changes lives.
EMDR can be thought of as an integrative physiologically based therapy that helps a person see emotional material in new and less distressing ways.
A trained EMDR therapist helps guide you in a specialized way to clear trauma, break through limiting beliefs, and create an empowered way of being you.
Using Mindfulness and bilateral stimulation, holding gentle hand held pulses, healthy memory processing is stimulated to gain emotional distance from difficult memories.
Research shows that trauma & emotionally charged experiences can get physically frozen in time in your body. They live there in the present, interfering with your life, as if the memory is happening now.
EMDR creates a natural flow of information processing so that balance is restored and memories become an experience of the past, no longer controlling you in the present. It calms the central nervous system and creates clarity.
EMDR is well researched for decades and proven effective for a range of problems including performance anxiety, addictions, procrastination, fear of public speaking, eating disorders, insomnia, stress, and trauma.
EMDR Therapy builds on your already existing internal resources of strength. Your therapist will help you identify those and make them accessible in times of need.
EMDR is based on the body’s natural movement toward healing and prompts those natural processes to heal the past and free you of what’s holding you back.
The EMDR International Association states, “EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.”.
REM sleep is your body’s natural mechanism for sorting and clearing thoughts and memories. Since EMDR works in a similar way, it helps the brain get rid of the intensity of memories and beliefs that get in the way of living fully.