EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a highly researched, evidence-based form of therapy that helps reduce the effects of distressing memories by engaging your brain’s natural adaptive processing mechanisms. By engaging your brain in bilateral stimulation, you can help your brain reprocess traumatic or stressful memories that are still impacting your life today. EMDR has proven to have high success rates in a shorter amount of time. Though everyone’s experience is different, some people report relief after only a few sessions!
Normally, when something distressing occurs, your brain will naturally process all the information associated with the event and come to a logical, adaptive conclusion that allows you to move forward in life. However, some events are so traumatic that they stay “stuck” in a fight/flight/freeze/fold response, meaning anytime you think about the memory or perhaps experience a sound, smell, sight, taste, or sensation that reminds you of the event, you feel just as distressed as when it actually occurred. You may also develop negative beliefs about yourself in relation to the event that can trigger low feelings of self-worth.