EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of psychotherapy used to process traumas. When an individual experiences a trauma, it creates a block in the brain. This block will manifest into more emotional pain if it goes unprocessed. What EMDR works to do is eliminate the block more quickly than standard talk therapy in order to facilitate healing.
A therapist practicing EMDR will work with the client to find associated channels in the brain to desensitize you to the trauma, the manifested emotional pain, and the negative core belief behind it all. The therapist uses bilateral stimulation (an alternating left right stimulation often through the use of eye movements or tapping) to help you connect to those associated channels.
Once you start making the effort to ‘wake yourself up’—that is, be more mindful in your activities—you suddenly start appreciating life a lot more. Robert Biswas-Diener
How long does EMDR take?
The length of EMDR varies between individuals and the traumas being processed. Single traumas have been shown to be completed with only a few sessions. More complex trauma may take several sessions to complete.
How do I know if EMDR is for me?
This is a conversation to have with your clinician. Depending on presenting problems as well as past experiences, EMDR may or may not be right for you. Consult with a clinician practicing EMDR to learn more.
At Brighter Sky Counseling, Julia Chandler and Brittany Garcia offer EMDR services. For more information on the process of EMDR, please check out the EMDR institutes website, www.EMDR.com