Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful new method of helping people find relief from many different types of psychological stress. When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it ordinarily does. When this happens, a traumatic moment can become ‘frozen in time’ and remembering it may feel as awful as it was going through it the first time. EMDR addresses this condition with a technique that has a direct effect on the way the brain functions.
Following an EMDR session, the traumatic images, sounds and feelings no longer hold the emotional impact when the event is brought to mind. EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically-based therapy that helps a person see previously disturbing events in their life in a new and less distressful way.