EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a scientifically proven treatment for trauma. It’s effective for trauma that stems from major events or from more subtle forms of trauma that build up over time.
When we experience trauma, our brains are not able to process the experience like we would with an ordinary experience. The trauma gets trapped in our brains.
During EMDR treatment, a traumatic memory is recalled and with the use of bilateral stimulation that the therapist administers, the memory is able to be brought into the present and worked through. Once a memory has been worked through, it remains, but the emotional charge that has been associated with it has been processed. After EMDR many clients report that they are no longer negatively impacted by the memory that had haunted them for years.