What Is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) stands apart from traditional talk therapy as a unique form of psychotherapy. Traditional talk therapy typically revolves around helping individuals comprehend their emotions, discern the reasons behind those emotions, and develop coping mechanisms for navigating them in daily life. Essentially, the focus is on altering thought patterns to create corresponding changes in emotional states.
EMDR, however, is a very different approach. For one thing, there’s a lot less talking! While it does facilitate an understanding of emotions and their origins, EMDR goes a step further by “rewiring” the brain through the strategic use of eye movements, lights, or tapping (just to name a few). This process alleviates the emotional charge associated with negative core beliefs, ultimately providing relief. It’s important to note that EMDR doesn’t erase memories; instead, it desensitizes the memories contributing to the formation of negative core beliefs about oneself.
During EMDR sessions, we will work together to identify your negative beliefs and disturbing memories that you want to work on. Through a process of memory processing and desensitization, we work to reshape the emotional impact of these memories and put them into the long term memory where they belong. EMDR, grounded in extensive research and recognized as an evidence-based psychotherapy, is used worldwide to help individuals navigate and overcome challenging emotional experiences.