What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  EMDR tends to work much quicker than other therapies even for very distressing memories and incidents that happened a long time ago in the past.   EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical injury.  When you cut your hand, your body naturally works to heal the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, eg. it has dirt in it, it festers and causes pain.  Once that object or dirt is removed the healing can take place more effectively.   EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward good mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the EMDR treatment protocol I can assist the mid to remove the blockage and allow natural healing to occur.  EMDR is effective for most mental health disorders but it is particularly effective for treating trauma memories.