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EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based method of psychotherapy. EMDR treatment is used to help individuals reprocess traumatic or highly distressing events utilizing bilateral stimulation (side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or tapping). After each set of bilateral stimulation, the client will be asked to consider what comes to mind for them and to “go with that”. Clients may see shifts in insights, feelings or beliefs regarding the event, including themselves or others around them. This process continues to be repeated until the event becomes less disturbing to the client. EMDR is a process that promotes natural healing within the brain to help clients have less of an emotional/physical reaction to disturbing events.
While this therapy is incredibly effective, the bilateral stimulation may bring up memories, dreams or fatigue after session. Clients will be taught coping skills before beginning the bilateral stimulation process to ensure ability to handle any memories that may occur. Clients and their caregivers are encouraged to be in close contact with the mental health provider to monitor any new feelings, memories or dreams.
Visit the EMDR International Association website to learn more: