In your quest to feel better, maybe you have been discouraged and disheartened after seeing doctors, taking medication, or even doing talk therapy. The answer may lie in an upsetting event or events in your life that were stored maladaptively in your brain. Often times we do not recognize how these events change the way we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy can effectively desensitize you to the traumatic event, help alleviate your negative thoughts, and greatly decrease the symptoms you have developed.
How does EMDR work?
It is difficult to know how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. An event or series of events get “frozen” in the brain and body so that remembering it may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, feelings, and bodily sensations haven’t changed.
EMDR has a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal and healthy information processing is resumed, so following successful EMDR sessions, a person no longer relives the upsetting images, feelings, and bodily sensations when the event is brought to mind.