What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of psychotherapy.
To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
How Does it Work?
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when a disturbing event is brought to mind.
Of course, you still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
What Kind of Problems Can EMDR Treat?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress.
However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
- personality disorders
- panic attacks
- complicated grief
- dissociative disorders
- disturbing memories
- pain disorders
- eating disorders
- performance anxiety
- stress reduction
- sexual and/or physical abuse
- body dysmorphic disorders