Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been proven to effectively treat many types of psychological distress. As with all forms of psychotherapy, we do not know exactly how it works neurobiologically. We do know however, that when we experience a traumatic event or significant level of stress, the processing system within our brain can become overwhelmed and disrupted. When this occurs, memories and information related to the event can become “stuck” or “frozen”. This often leads to an experience of the past literally feeling like the present, leading to significant distress and traumatic stress symptoms which can often interfere with someone’s daily functioning.
As a physiologically based therapy, EMDR appears to have a direct effect on the way in which the brain processes information, helping to restore normal and adaptive information processing. While the person will still remember the painful or traumatic event(s), the goal of EMDR is that he/she will experience significantly less distress when the event(s) are brought to mind. EMDR has proven to be an effective and powerful tool to help us heal from the past so that we can be free to live in the present. Please contact me if you would like to discuss how EMDR might benefit you.
For more information on EMDR please visit the EMDR International Association at www.emdria.org