EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and was developed in the United States in the late 1980’s. It has been well researched and is useful in eliminating symptoms of stress and trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
EMDR is a different type of therapy that the usual “talk” variety. It is designed to help individuals reprocess distressing events in such a way that they are no longer bothersome; rather they are able to find peace with them. The belief is that traumatic memories sometimes become stuck in the information-processing system of the brain, along with the physical sensations and the emotions that went with the original experience.
EMDR involves “bilateral stimulation” of the brain, meaning that there will be a “back and forth” of motion, sound or tapping. The therapist will help you to find the most effective method for you, and will be happy to further explain what to expect in a session.
Appointments are available during the daytime and the evening. Appointments for EMDR are typically one hour or ninety minutes in length, depending upon what works best for you.