What is EMDR?

The brain is always trying to create meaning and therefore is constantly making connections that weave together memories, beliefs, sensory information, and physical states. When trauma or distress happens, it can stop the brain from processing information in a helpful, truthful, or rational way. As a result, we can end up with a network of negative beliefs that are reinforced by a chain of memories and experiences. This “chain of evidence” can make negative self-beliefs (such as “I’m not good enough”) feel true even though we know they are not. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses the brain’s system for processing information to target distressing, “stuck” memories and the negative beliefs attached to them.

To put it simply, EMDR is a unique type of therapy that can help when thoughts and feelings are interfering with your life. EMDR can be more brief and require less discussion than other types of therapy. EMDR can be used to treat PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and other mental health needs.

For more information please visit the EMDR International Association website. We recommend starting with this article: https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/experiencing-emdr-therapy/