What is EMDR therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that addresses unresolved early life experiences that have negatively impacted individuals' lives. This approach uses bilateral stimulation (i.e. eye movements, tactile stimulation, or sound) to process challenging memories and negative beliefs about oneself and the world. Attention is also given to increasing body awareness. The goal of EMDR therapy is to develop positive beliefs and perspectives about past experiences so that individuals can lead happy, healthy lives.
The EMDR therapy approach has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other psychological problems. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
What can EMDR therapy address?
Individuals have found EMDR therapy helpful in addressing the following psychological issues (though this is not an exhaustive list):
Disturbing memories Panic attacks
Phobias Pain disorders
Physical/ sexual abuse Personality Disorders