EMDR therapy is a powerful technique that has been shown in studies to be an effective treatment for trauma and PTSD.
Working hand-in-hand with somatic therapy, EMDR facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences, supporting the body to bring them to resolution. Back-and-forth eye movements, central to the method, have been linked to lighting up the neural networks in the brain that help with information processing.
While the technique itself is known to produce rapid results, EMDR is best viewed as part of ongoing weekly psychotherapy. If EMDR is found to be appropriate for your situation, there are several phases of the therapy that will unfold over the course of our work together. Preparation is an important part of the beginning phases of treatment, which includes building trust and learning stress-reduction techniques. Over time, the focus will move toward reprocessing disturbing memories from the past, attending to current situations that activate distress, and envisioning success in the future.