EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It was developed and created by psychologist Francine Shapiro. EMDR is an intervention that helps both complex trauma (long term) and single incident traumas (one time event) that are stored in the body or emotional memory network to become “unstuck” in your brain and body.
EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation, through rapid eye movements, similar to eye movements occurring in REM sleep, tapping, or bilateral sounds to bring forth unconscious or blocked memories to be reprocessed. EMDR is shown effective in working with histories of sexual assault, rape, physical abuse, car accidents, natural disasters, combat trauma, and addiction. EMDR can also help in getting negative beliefs or stories held about oneself unstuck from the emotional memory network of your brain.
There’s no wrong way to do EMDR. And as your therapist, I will support and guide you through the process. The only requirement is interest and openness to the process. Research shows that EMDR is a non-invasive approach to working with trauma, and the healing effects can come much more rapidly than through regular talk therapy.
For more information about EMDR, feel free to refer to the following website:
If you’d like to learn more about my approach to engaging in EMDR therapy, feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute phone consultation.