What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach that helps individuals process traumatic memories, while reducing symptoms of psychological distress. During EMDR sessions, clients recall distressing memories while simultaneously undergoing bilateral stimulation (this typically involves following the therapist’s hand movements with their eyes, but other forms of bilateral stimulation can also be used). 

Bilateral stimulation is thought to facilitate the brain’s natural processing of memories, allowing for the integration of traumatic experiences into adaptive memory networks. EMDR has been shown to be effective in treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, and other trauma-related conditions. It is a structured and evidence-based therapy that can lead to significant reductions in symptoms and improved emotional well-being.

To read more about EMDR and watch a short introduction video click here to go to the EMDR International Association website.