What is EMDR or (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapy?


Do you ever feel stuck, unable to move past a particular event or belief?  Do you ever have a reaction that feels much bigger than the current situation?  Are there some disturbing memories that just don’t seem to resolve, but cause pain long after the experience has ended?  Interestingly enough, some of these disturbing memories or beliefs can get locked in our brains, bodies or nervous system without being completely processed. You may sometimes feel a disconnection between what you know to be true and what your “gut” is telling you is true.

It seems clear that God designed our brains to process unresolved events of the day while we sleep.  This is the reparative function of REM sleep.  During our deepest sleep, our eyes move back and forth while new networks are created and new associations are formed.  During EMDR, this side to side motion or bilateral stimulation of the eyes, which seems to replicate deep REM sleep, is used to help the brain reprocess disturbing events.  The goal in EMDR is to process the disturbing thoughts, feelings or body sensations and allow negative material to become unstuck and bring the processing to completion. This accelerated form of therapy helps to promote recovery from our difficulties. EMDR can help you experience decreased negative emotions and increase positive feelings.

The brain’s natural tendency is to repair itself but overwhelming circumstances in our life can halt that natural process. EMDR can provide an alternative to traditional talk therapy.  The EMDR therapist does nothing magical and you are in control of the process at all times.  EMDR is used with adults as well as children. If you are interested in learning more about how EMDR could help you, please contact one of our specially trained EMDR therapists.