EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are related to disturbing life experiences. EMDR is an evidence based treatment meaning that numerous research has shown that by using EMDR people can experience emotional healing within a shorter time frame and less invasive approach than traditional psychotherapy. It is believed that severe emotional pain takes a long time to heal from.
EMDR can heal psychological trauma much like the body can heal from physical trauma. When emotional trauma occurs the memories of those events get stuck in the brains information processing system which negatively impacts our emotional health. By using the eight phase protocol of EMDR it can help the brain find healing from these traumatic experiences.
EMDR can be used to effectively treat PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, phobias, eating disorders, loss and grief related issues and physical pain issues.
Some positive results experienced after an EMDR session include:
- Less intrusive memories
- lessening of negative emotions
- less physical reactions and sensations
- reduction in physical pain
- improved mood
- improvement in self-esteem
- produces a sense of empowerment
- an ability to regulate mood
- increase sense of hope