Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively short-term tool that helps treat issues related to anxiety, depression, childhood hurts, relationship impasses and unresolved loss. It is used when someone feels “stuck” or experiences a disconnection between what one knows logically and how one feels. The idea behind EMDR is that a difficult or traumatic experience causes the brain to alter the way it stores information. EMDR helps a person to desensitize from and reprocess the experience in a more helpful way. It helps to work through and let go of the negative thoughts and issues that are troubling.
The EMDR therapy experience involves identifying the disturbing experience or memory, rating the impact and then listening to a CD with bilateral sound while being guided by prompts from the therapist. The end goal is to be relieved of the painful emotions and distorted thoughts related to negative experiences.