What is EMDR effective with?
EMDR therapy has proven effective when working with various disorders and challenges including PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, BPD, as it helps the brain reprocess “stuck” memories and helps the nervous system move out of fight-flight-freeze. Clients can find relief from intrusive thoughts, urges, impulsivity, somatic distress, and feelings of being “stuck”.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It uses bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tapping on knees, auditory beeps, etc.) to help the brain process stressful memories or body sensations.
What does it do?
Resolves unprocessed stressful/traumatic memories:
EMDR allows the brain to process the emotions/memories which are “stuck”. These memories can cause the nervous system to become distressed (e.g. nausea, racing heart, headache, anxiety, lack of motivation, flashbacks, etc.) and can result in avoiding certain things or repeating behaviours which clients might desire to change. When reprocessing occurs the brain finds more positive or adaptive ways of functioning and the body can find a state of calm and resume healthy functioning.
Allows brain to resume natural healing process:
EMDR uses alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps to encourage processing to happen. These movements, sounds, or taps create a similar process of REM sleep, which encourages the brain to process efficiently. Once the brain has processed the stuck memory, it can resume its natural processes on its own.
Offer healing without retelling of traumatic memories:
EMDR does not require the client to retell/relive trauma stories. Focus is placed on present feelings, thoughts, and images and finding relief from them.
How is EMDR different from other therapies?
EMDR allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. Clients tend to notice that their feelings and behaviours shift naturally to healthier patterns. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.