What is EMDR? How can it help you?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. That’s just a wordy way of saying it’s a therapy technique that uses eye movements, the very same as when we dream, to help individuals work through painful experiences. This will be briefly touched on below along with a video if you would like to see how this fascinating approach works.

As with most therapy approaches, EMDR focuses on the individual’s present concerns. The philosophy behind EMDR is that past emotionally charged experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself. As an example: “Do you ever feel worthless although you know you are a worthwhile person?”

EMDR’s processing helps you break through the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life.

EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you up-date disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps you work through the challenges of the day.

EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of eye movements and brief comments you make about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you up-date your memories to a healthier present perspective.

–Information courtesy of EMDR Consulting, LLC; www.emdrconsulting.com

Here’s a video on what EMDR looks like: