I am a trained EMDR therapist progressing towards certification. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. Trained by one of the founders of EMDR therapy, I follow researched protocols to assist patients in clearing disturbing memory networks from adverse life events.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it normally does. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, smells, feelings and sensations haven’t changed. These memories can have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR can be thought of as a psychologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.