Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is designed to treat those who suffer from the emotional aftereffects of traumatic memories.
Aiming to guide clients toward a renewed space of awareness, EMDR alleviates distress while acknowledging and addressing the trauma that has caused mental, emotional, or physical harm. This therapy aims to promote healing, and to create an environment in which clients can feel comfortable discussing their thoughts and feelings. Designed to treat victims of trauma, this technique allows clients to empower their own healing processes through careful guidance and facilitation.
Disturbing experiences leave us with lingering wounds, and through the process of EMDR, we work to resume the recovery of neglected pain. In a typical EMDR session, an individual will address his/her history with trauma, establishing a connection with the past. From that point, there are several phases which the EMDR process consists of, including Assessment and Desensitization.
EMDR has been proven effective in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including phobias, stress, disturbing memories, and panic attacks. In the realm of addiction, EMDR is a key methodology in relapse prevention. Initially a treatment designed for PTSD, EMDR addresses similar aftereffects in newly recovering individuals, and instills a sense of stability and greater cognition of self in relation to the past, present, and future.