Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based approach that has been successful in relieving many types of psychological stress. What makes this approach unique is the use of dual focus of attention and alternating bilateral visual, auditory, and/or tactile stimulation. EMDR has been successful in treating troubling symptoms such as disturbing memories, panic attacks, addictions, stress, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic reactions.
Too often, our lives are filled with disturbing life experiences from the past that are distorting our experiences in the present. When maladaptive emotions, memories, and body sensations are avoided, they maintain their disturbing power. A trained EMDR therapist will set up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be stored appropriately. After successful processing, the inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and feelings are discarded and replaced with adaptive emotions, beliefs, and feelings.
For more information on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, visit www.emdria.org.