EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a powerful, effective, and evidence-based type of therapy that helps people heal from trauma and other distressing life experiences. EMDR is well-supported by research and is recommended as an effective and empirically supported treatment for Post-traumatic stress disorder in children, adolescents and adults. EMDR posits that when trauma is not adequately processed or “digested” by the brain, it can become stored and stuck in our brains’ neural network. As a result, we may respond to current triggers as if we were reexperiencing the traumatic event. EMDR helps us our brains respond more adaptively by connecting healthier thoughts, feelings, and memories to this memory network.
I have found that EMDR is especially effective for teens and adults who have experienced some form of trauma in their past that has continued to impact how they think, feel, and behave in the present. Although it may often be major traumatic events, or “large-T Traumas”, that can cause psychological disturbance, it may also be a seemingly minor childhood event, such as being teased by one’s peers or ridiculed by one’s parent, that may continue to cause dysfunction.
I am happy to offer a path to resolving traumatic memories through EMDR.