Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a newer form of psychotherapy aimed at treating an array of disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and more. Traumatic memories or negative life experiences are stored in parts of the brain which when recalled (directly or indirectly), will trigger emotional and or physical responses. Think of a person recalling being involved in a car accident which will in turn trigger feelings of intense fear as well as rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
During an EMDR therapy session, a client follows a therapists fingers back and forth while recalling the experience as well as the emotional and physical sensations associated with it. This allows the memory to move to the front parts of the brain where it becomes less emotionally impactful, allowing the client to feel more “better” and “relaxed” when recalling the experience. The eye movements also allow a client to change his/her beliefs about the memory and thus feel better when recalling the experience. EMDR is not hypnotherapy and a client is fully awake and conscious during a session.
I am trained by Dr. Stephen Dansinger of The Institute of Creative Mindfulness. EMDR is one of the most frequent treatment options inquired about by prospective clients