We experience both joyful and challenging periods in life. After disturbing or traumatic events, bad memories can be stored in our brains in a harmful way, potentially leading to physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms. EMDR is an effective, evidence-based treatment developed by Francine Shapiro, and is aimed at resolving trauma and its associated symptoms.
EMDR uses an integrated approach that encompasses the mind, body and
emotions. EMDR taps into the natural healing ability of your brain. Just as a body works to heal itself after a cut or a wound, the mind has a similar function. However, this natural function can be disrupted by traumatic events, causing a “block” that can lead to intense emotional pain. EMDR can help expedite the natural inclination to heal. While EMDR does not erase disturbing memories, it does reduce the emotional distress attached to the memories. It also helps people move towards more positive and adaptive beliefs about themselves.
EMDR is a prolific, empirically-based treatment that is supported by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Department of Defense. For more detailed information, please visit www.emdria.org or www.emdr.com.