What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a mind-body integrated therapy used to treat patients who have experienced trauma or other upsetting life experiences using therapist guided eye movements or through the patient engaging in hand tapping techniques.
EMDR involves eight phases of treatment that focus on the past, the present, and the future and helps to decrease any negative connections the patient has between certain circumstances and symptoms. Each phase helps the patient work through emotional distress and trauma, then learn skills to cope with current and future stress.
"EMDR techniques are used to unblock emotional processes that have been stagnated by distress. By unblocking your emotions, you can (in a sense) reprogram your brain. Then, you can begin to heal from the fear and pain associated with the trauma and emotional distress you have experienced. EMDR can also allow you to gain a new perspective, which can facilitate improved self-esteem and enhance your personal beliefs about your capabilities." (American Psychological Association)