What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing is a trauma resolution treatment method. Developed in the late 1980's, EMDR has been more scientifically researched as a treatment for trauma than any other non-pharmaceutical intervention. It has proven to be an effective and rapid method of reprocessing traumatic memories. EMDR appears to assist in the processing of traumatic information, resulting in enhanced integration of memories, and a more adaptive perspective of the traumatic event(s).
According to Linda Curran, LPC, an experienced practitioner of this method, the utilization of EMDR has been shown to eliminate the need for some of the more emotionally difficult work (i.e., reliving the trauma) often associated with other forms of trauma treatment. Essentially, it works to create a type of mind/body integration of the trauma memory. Another way to say it is that EMDR is about convincing the mind and body that the traumatic event is indeed over. It helps to put the past in the past, and helps the individual stop the feeling that the event is happening over and over again in the present, with the same thoughts, emotions and body sensations that originally accompanied the event. Should you and your therapist decide EMDR is right for you, creating a safe and structured environment in which to conduct it will be the first, and ongoing, priority.