EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a technique used to help stimulate reprocessing of trauma, old painful memories, and stuck past experiences. The technique is based on the concept that old memories sometimes get “stuck” in the brain along with the sensations and emotions that accompanied them. By bringing up the old memories and initiating bilateral stimulation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain it appears that the intensity of the memories is diffused. This bilateral stimulation is created by watching a light move back and forth across a light bar machine or holding buzzers in one’s hands which alternate the buzz from the right to left hands repeatedly.
EMDR can be used with ‘big T” traumas (assault and abuse) and “little t” traumas (breakups, embarrassments, minor car accidents) to help lessen the hold those old incidents have over us. There are over 20 empirical studies showing that EMDR is more effective than regular talk-therapy for trauma treatment. See www.emdr.com for more information and research.
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