Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a powerful modality for therapy that targets painful memories, trauma, and PTSD. The theory behind EMDR is that maladaptively stored memories cause us symptoms (hyper-vigilance, startle response, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness) that we can heal. It accesses the brain's natural ability to heal itself by using eye movements that are similar to those that happen during REM sleep. The process of EMDR has 8 phases that a client progresses through. It takes images, thoughts, emotions and body sensations and reprocesses them through the use of bilateral stimulation. Buzzers, tapping or light bars are often used for the bilateral stimulation. There are some precursors that need to be established before the reprocessing phase of EMDR can begin including stability of the client, making sure the client is not under the effects of illegal substances, and does not have any underlying medical conditions which EMDR could make worse.
For more information visit EMDRIA's website at: www.emdria.org
EMDR is well researched and has brought a sense of hopefulness and happiness back to many peoples lives.