Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidenced-based practice has been proven as one of the most effective forms of treatment for trauma. Trauma is experienced when one perceives threat of danger to safety…what is traumatic to one person may not be traumatic to another. If you are feeling “crazy” because others do not understand, rest assured that you can find a way to function again. In addition to treating trauma, EMDR has also been proven highly effective for anxiety, stress, and other life challenges.
When someone experiences trauma, the memory often gets stuck in a part of the brain that is not accessible for the person to effectively process and overcome the event. Whenever the memory is triggered by anything that reminds the person of the trauma (for example, an anniversary date of the trauma, or seeing someone who reminds them of the person), it feels like they are reliving the experience, with the same thoughts, feelings, sounds, tastes, body sensations, and visual images, as the real event.
EMDR allows the person to reprocess the trauma by accessing the right and left hemispheres of the brain through bilateral stimulation so that the effects are less detrimental and the past has less intrusion on the present. It helps the brain link together and make sense of memories, experiences, thoughts, images, emotions, and body sensations that one may not consciously be able to connect. Similar to puzzle pieces thrown across the floor, it facilitates the resolution of the internal puzzle, including finding missing or lost pieces and creating new ones to fill in the gaps. Obviously, it does not change the past or erase the memory, but allows the person to look at it from a different perspective, with increased awareness, less self-defeating thoughts, a more positive belief system, and acceptance of what is.