Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Research on EMDR therapy has demonstrated that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works naturally to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, the wound will persist and cause you pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with our psychological processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health; however, if our processing system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound persists and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.