Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR, a remarkable treatment method discovered 14 years ago, currently used by over 40,000 therapists worldwide, can heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions and dramatically enhance performance and creativity. Extensive scientific research has shown that it is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Unique to EMDR is its use of bilateral stimulation, either left/right eye movement, sound or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain. This helps the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself. EMDR therapists have successfully healed over a million people suffering from PTSD stemming from serious accidents, rape, muggings, the murder or suicide of a loved one, terrorism, torture, military combat and natural disasters in as little as one to three extended sessions, as opposed to the months and years other treatments usually require to treat this condition. Although considerably more time is necessary, EMDR is also remarkably effective in the treatment of adults who have been traumatized by ongoing mental, physical and sexual abuse in childhood.
A performer or athlete suffering from performance anxiety and loss of confidence show the same neurological effects found in those suffering a traumatic event. EMDR resolves these performance inhibitions in the same rapid, effective manner as with trauma and achieves astonishing results in performance and creative enhancement with athletes, actors, performers, artists, and writers.
EMDR has direct application to almost every human situation, including phobias ( social anxiety, fear of public speaking or flying), depression, dissociation, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), overeating, anger management, low self-esteem and body distortions, as well as bodily manifestations of stress (head, stomach and backaches). EMDR is also a valuable tool in addressing the family traumas of divorce, illness or death of a loved one, financial crisis, alcohol and drug abuse by parent or child and family violence.
How is It Done?
EMDR is driven by bilateral brain stimulation which results from a client tracking the therapist's fingers from side to side (or by sound moving from ear to ear or by tapping the hands left and right) which stimulates powerful brain activity. Simultaneously, the client reactivates an image, with its accompanying sensory experiences, of a profound traumatic event, along with the associated distorted negative self-beliefs (i.e., it was my fault; I am no good; I can never be safe again). This process generates emotions which are often felt as body sensations. With the bilateral stimulation, the client is instructed to uncritically follow his/her thoughts and associations, which often leads to retrieval of old memories and rapid insights and accompanied by a systemic letting go of the traumatic event and the symptoms associated with it.
After an EMDR experience, the person can then believe deep down that the crisis is in the past, they were not responsible, they are safe now, and they can go on with their lives. This results in a person finally letting go finding profound recovery and healing.