“EMDR at a Glance”
Unresolved or partially resolved hurts, some losses, often times traumas, continue to bring their emotional charge to present-day situations unless they have an opportunity to be resolved. EMDR is a very effective tool to help with this process in the shortest amount of time.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a mental health treatment that has been extensively researched. And it has proven very effective resolving mental health symptoms from difficult or bad life experiences. If you are overwhelmed by life events, your ability to cope, and your mental, emotional, and physical health, may have been very negatively impacted.
Though it remains unknown how any form of therapy or psychotropic medication works on the brain, EMDR therapy seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information.
The brain’s information processing system works similarly to the body's natural healing process. Just as the body is designed to naturally heal after an injury to restore physical health, the brain is also designed to move toward mental health, unless overwhelmed by distressing events or experiences. When adverse childhood or adult experiences occur, the brain can get overwhelmed and is unable to process information as it typically does. Disturbing moments or experiences become stuck in the brain's memory networks as they were originally experienced, continuing to negatively influence beliefs about self, relationships, and life.
The brain's information processing system is blocked or out of balance, developing psychological and emotional wounds that can fester and cause suffering. When these blocks in the brain's memory networks are removed, healing occurs just as it does for the body. EMDR trained clinicians use procedures, skills and resources to help clients activate their natural healing processes, without need for sharing details or doing homework.
Unlike talk therapy, the insights gained in EMDR therapy result primarily from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional brain and body processing rather than from the therapist's interpretation. It is the client's own brain that does the healing. Clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling transformed and empowered by the very experiences that once brought them pain.
Adapted from www.emdria.org See www.emdrconsulting.com for more information.