What is EMDR?
Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a research-based, clinical treatment approach developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro. It can assist in processing past traumatic or disturbing experiences, and reorganizing those experiences into a more adaptive, healthy, non-distressing form. EMDR is a clinically proven approach that can result in lasting, positive treatment effects over a relatively short period of time.
When a trauma occurs, it gets ‘locked’ into the nervous system along with the original images, sounds, thoughts, and feelings attached to it. All of this information gets ‘stuck’ there and can then be triggered whenever a reminder comes up, creating distress and negative emotions that are difficult to manage. EMDR allows the information to be unlocked and processed, and helps the negative information to be discharged from the nervous system in a more focused way. You are in full control of the pace and process at all times.
When the traumatic event(s) are sufficiently processed, you remember the past event but do not experience the old negative emotions and thoughts, or the unpleasant bodily sensations, emotions, and reactions in the present. You become informed by the memories, not controlled by them.
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