Distressing events affect both our minds and our bodies. EMDR is a therapeutic method that works with our mind and body to integrate difficult experiences. To have a coherent experience, the left and right sides of our brain works together to encode and store information. When a distressing event occurs, this process can become disturbed and the way that information is encoded and stored can become fragmented. EMDR is a way to help integrate these experiences and help us feel less “stuck” and disoriented. Following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought to mind. The memory is not gone, but it is less distressing.
In my experience, EMDR can help increase a person’s ability to make healthy decisions, discover and access inner resources and find a sense of well being despite past traumas. It can help people remember that positive feelings are possible for them and empower them to make their lives better. I have seen EMDR increase people’s satisfaction in their relationships, decrease anxiety, loneliness, fears and helplessness and improve their overall quality of life.
For more information on EMDR please visit www.emdria.org.