Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

What is EMDR?

What is eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)?

Events happen in your life that can be traumatic. These memories develop into neural networks in the brain. They can be activated by something else that happens in your life; you get in a car accident, and it’s hard to get into a car afterwards. You’re associating the accident to the car that triggers the reaction.

What EMDR does is desensitize these traumatic neural connections so that you make room to reprocess events that have happened, so that they diffuse (lose focus) and are no longer activated in our minds. When you use EMDR, you’re actually bypassing the trigger mechanism and reprogramming the way that your body and your mind relates to the event. So if it deactivates the charge, then there’s no trigger.

How can EMDR help?

EMDR utilizes sensors that the patient holds; they buzz back and forth, which reactivates the memories that are the problem. We use the movement and sound to alleviate past experiences that are problematic in your current life. EMDR will help you feel more at ease, more capable of feeling in a restful state. EMDR is very good with treating phobias, until a phobia doesn’t exist anymore. You can drive through the tunnel, and get in the elevator, situations like that. But you may also find that relationships feel more meaningful, to the degree to which you can apply it.

 

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