EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This type of psychotherapy is designed to help a person see disturbing events in a new and less distressing way. Therapists trained in this type of therapy undergo a strenuous certification process in order to learn how to help clients address their past, present, and future to alleviate stress caused by traumatic memories and to facilitate healing.
EMDR is helpful for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Although the number of treatments differs from person to person, the ultimate goal is to relieve any psychological stress and help that person feel better about themselves and regain strength. The client can become someone who is no longer defined by their past or present, but rather as someone who is strong and capable of overcoming tragedy.
EMDR is proven to create a dialogue and establish a plan to encourage a natural healing process for those struggling to overcome terrible and unfortunate events, and to help those suffering from a mental disorder that arose as a result of emotional and physical trauma.
Although it is a fairly new technique, EMDR is a tried and true method that proves the mind can overcome emotional trauma, much like the body heals from physical trauma. Once a person begins to heal, therapists will focus on altering negative images and thoughts, utilizing bilateral stimulation to allow the client’s mind to become blank so they may focus on certain memories and emotions that continue to occur and disrupt their daily lives.
From there, a therapist initiates a plan that encompasses calming activities, journaling, and mindfulness in order to alleviate emotions from coming to fruition when a difficult situation arises, allowing them to cope and work through the situation in a healthy manner.