Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that has demonstrated positive results in helping alleviate the negative effects of traumatic and adverse life events. When you experience a traumatic event, the effects can be both physical and psychological. Many of the symptoms people report experiencing are distressing memories of the event, feeling on edge, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, social isolation, difficulty experiencing positive emotions, hopelessness, and a desire to avoid things that remind them of the event. In addition, an intense physical and emotional reaction may occur when triggered by things that remind you of the event. This is because your brain’s fight or flight response has been rewired to respond as if you are in danger, even in times when there is nothing to fear. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to help patients access the memories of their painful life events, so that they can be reprocessed in a safe, therapeutic environment. The treatment focuses on identifying resources and developing coping skills, relaxation and mindfulness techniques, and the reprocessing of traumatic events, all with the goal of decreasing distress related to the trauma. If you believe you may be a candidate for EMDR therapy, contact me today.