Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an evidenced-based therapy effectively used with psychological difficulties stemming from addiction, childhood abuse or neglect, PTSD, anxiety, depression, pain management, and others. It is also found to be effective with performance anxiety and enhancement.
EMDR incorporates much of the wisdom of other therapies. It is unique because it utilizes bilateral stimulation, activating both hemispheres of our brain, to reprocess psychological difficulties. At the time of a traumatic or disturbing event in our life, strong emotional energy interferes with our ability to completely process the experience. This is referred to as a blockage of neural integration. These experiences become locked in us through visual images, sounds, emotions, sensations, and/or beliefs. We unconsciously re-experience the traumatic response in situations triggering some aspect of the memory, even if we are not consciously aware of the connection. Due to this lack of conscious connection, we often grab onto other ineffective coping strategies to manage distressing situations. Through the process of EMDR, one can reprocess the originating event and recreate the opportunity for neural integration.