Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) was established in 1989 as a cognitive behavioral integrative therapy to allieviate the symptoms of distress associated with trauma and PTSD. Since then research has shown EMDR to be an effective therapy to treat anxiety, phobias, performance anxiety, grief and loss, and low self esteem.
Overwhelming experiences interrupt the brain's normal functioning and ability to process and store memories. These disturbing experiences can stay "frozen" in one's memory with the original images, feelings, body sensations, and thoughts, negatively impacting one's emotional life and relationships. With EMDR memories are reviewed so they are seen from a new present day perspective for greater clarity and understanding. Guided imagery is used to create safety, and comfortable, calm, and peaceful body states for grounding.
How is it done? EMDR uses bi-lateral stimulation with eye movements, tactile tapping, or sound to facilitate the brain's capacity for thinking. The eye movements are likened to what occurs naturally during REM or dream sleep (rapid eye movement) so adaptive information is processed quickly like the rapid free association that occurs during sleep states. The bilateral stimulation has a calming effect for a relaxed focused mental state with "accelerated information processing". This mindfulness helps to gain new understanding about the source of your anxiety, and to resolve overwhelming feelings and emotional triggers. As memories lose their original intensity physiological symptoms are relieved, so healthier behaviors for emotional balance and better relationships can develop.
EMDR is also effective to establish new neural pathways for relaxation, confidence, self control, and personal efficacy. Positive memories, calm self states, and future projections of successful experiences are useful for resolving anxiety, and enhancing performance. The treatment is based on the concept that every one has the natural capacity to access inner resources for organic healing and wholeness. Our work together can help you accomplish your goals.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Henry L. Bergson