Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based mode of therapy that is very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, and many other emotional issues.
The EMDR technique uses a natural function of the body, rapid eye movement (REM), as its basis. Using the REM eye movement pattern, troubling memories are accessed and reprocessed by the brain, helping to bring resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state. Although EMDR does not cause people to forget disturbing memories or events, it enables them to see them in new, less distressing ways.
EMDR effectively treats trauma from both extreme experiences – such as a debilitating car accident or sexual abuse – to everyday problems that could range from public speaking to a fear of spiders. You can also receive EMDR treatment to address memories that create low self esteem, poor body image, feelings of powerlessness, and more. In the context of reproductive counseling, EMDR is especially effective for treating birth trauma, and perinatal or infant loss.
I am a trained EMDR practitioner, approved by EMDRIA (the association that governs EMDR practitioners across the world.) To learn more about EMDR, visit www.emdr.com, or contact me to see how EMDR might help you.