Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is different from other therapies, in that it doesn’t require talking in detail about the disturbing event. Rather than focusing on changing how we think or feel about the issue, it assists the brain in resuming its own natural healing process through the use of bilateral stimulation (alternating left/right eye movements, sounds, or sensations such as taps).
EMDR helps the brain unstick or unfreeze the traumatic memories and the feelings that go along with it that seem to be “frozen in time.” At the end of the EMDR therapy, the event will still be remembered, but the emotions and negative self-beliefs that went with it are resolved and less debilitating.
EMDR therapy can help clients of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy with many issues including:
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Tracy Fox Galluppi, MSW, LCSW
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