Simply put, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a type of therapy that provides rapid relief of overwhelming feelings through the reprocessing of information in the brain. It is used for a variety of treatment issues, including trauma, phobias, anxiety, depression, addictions, performance enhancement, emotional regulation, and abuse and neglect histories.
- EMDR helps to integrate the logical left brain with the emotional right brain.
- EMDR moves “frozen” dysfunctional information into healthier information, creating new neural pathways.
- It deactivates triggers and helps us become less reactive to situations.
- It disrupts automatic traumatic memories by interrupting previous links to negative emotions.
- EMDR allows you to process the experience now that you were unable to process then.
Therefore, we can remember difficult events without suffering from the old automatic triggers. Old response patterns are replaced with new, healthier options.