EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of psychotherapy that has been successful in helping people heal from trauma and other forms of emotional suffering. It uses psychological as well as physiological modalities to “clear” past traumatic events.
How does EMDR work?
The left-right eye movements is “Bilateral stimulation”. It activates parts of the brain responsible for processing memories. When disturbing experiences happen, they are stored in the brain. When a person is extremely upset, the brain is unable to process the experience as it normally would. The thoughts and feelings of a traumatic event are “trapped”.
EMDR does two things first it “unlocks” the negative memories and emotions, and second, it helps the brain to successfully process the experience. The theory is what occurs in REM stage of sleep is what occurs in EMDR . The successful outcomes engages the individual’s own self-healing system.
EMDR has a direct effect on the way the brain process information.
It is used to treat disorders, such as:
- Sexual/Physical Abuse
- Chronic pain