EMDR, the abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, grief, phobias, addictions, anxiety, stress reduction, pain disorders and past abuse. This therapy method is based on the notion that when an individual is highly distressed their brain becomes overwhelmed and consequently it is unable to process information as it typically does. Problems occur when the memory becomes stuck or “frozen in time” causing one to have responses that no longer fit the situation. These distressing memories may possess an ongoing and profoundly negative impact on one’s life as they effect on how one sees themselves, others and the world.

EMDR promotes healing of negative events by separating the memory of the negative event from the distressing emotional state. EMDR affects the way that the brain functions by restoring the normal way the brain deals with problems. The technique involves using a method of repeated left-right brain stimulation while noticing different features of the distressing memory. EMDR seems to mimic the processing that the brain does during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. After reprocessing with EMDR one is able to remember the event without triggering the distressing emotional response. This healing helps to connect people to more adaptive ways of relating to themselves and to others.

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