What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based practice that uses bilateral stimulation of the brain through eye movements, sound, or touch, in order to promote the brain’s natural healing processes.
Often, people who have experienced trauma or distress can feel stuck in traditional talk therapies as some memories may be blocked or inaccessible through verbal processing. EMDR has been proven through extensive research to assist in “unsticking” and integrating distressing or traumatic memories without needing to have explicit memories of the event or emotional experience. Clients often find that processing of trauma can be completed safely in fewer sessions with EMDR and without having to “re-live” the memories through explicit narration of what happened.
EMDR therapy is not limited only to trauma and can be used to treat a variety of presenting challenges including anxiety, depression, dissociation, chronic pain and illness, grief and loss, and sleep disturbances.