EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a type of therapy used to resolve distressing thoughts, feelings and body sensations that can occur with fear or traumatic events, as well as to enhance positive memories.
I’m certified in EMDR and have been using it since 2006, with more than 100 clients who were struggling with:
- Feeling stuck
- Fear of flying, vomitting (emetophobia), needles, doctor visits, social situations
- Childhood sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse
- Car accidents
- Traumatic birth experiences
- Interpersonal violence
- Acts of terrorism
The EMDR Back Story
It was developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro and is based on the philosophy that human beings are capable — under the right conditions — of naturally moving toward greater health and integration. It taps into what the brain already does, thanks to its neuroplasticity. This big word means the brain is highly adaptable.
In simplest terms, when things happen that hurt us, the brain creates a pathway between this event and thoughts/feelings of hurt. Think of it as a line from point A to point B. This pathway becomes strengthened every time we think about it, which may be all the time. This all-the-time thinking (along with other symptoms) can be diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
EMDR can help your brain create and strengthen a new pathway between the event and, instead of hurt, the feeling is neutral.
The end result? You feel better.
Here’s a good example of your brain does this:
Below is a longer video, describing one man’s healing experience from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), using EMDR and treatment with Dr. Daniel Amen.
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