What does EMDR stand for?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a treatment modality that addresses the mind, body, memory, and processing connections in the brain. The brain's function naturally metabolizes most memories, emotions, and sensations, but when it is placed under extreme duress and hardship the system may not function as it normally would under less intense circumstances. EMDR was discovered, explored and fashioned as a treatment modality by Francis Shapiro.
Who benefits from EMDR?
It is still a frequently talked about and common application for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recognized in many people who return from conflict areas or war. In our current society we have also seen its application in front line for intervention and mental health management in
emergency management events
grief and loss
How can EMDR help?
minimize behaviors such as anxiety, cutting, depression, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors
reduce impact of future mental health problems
reduce stress levels
create safety for individuals and groups effected
As a trained provider I have seen considerable change and healing happen in a short period of time with clients who have utilized this specialty treatment. First responders and veterans are able to indicate that their ability to live without the ongoing anxiety and coping that they used to feel. Abuse victims are able to understand how to release and live differently because they are no longer as burdened by their past. Car accident victims indicate they are not as fearful to go about their daily lives.