WHAT IS EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the brain’s amazing ability to learn, taking past experiences, and updating them with present information.
EMDR focuses on what is troubling you most in the present, with special attention given to the fact that past emotionally charged events, profoundly affect the present. If not addressed, past experiences may come to overly influence our present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about ourselves.
These past experiences can create emotional blocks which make it difficult to enjoy a fulfilling, meaningful and emotionally healthy life.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you “update” disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps your brain process information.
EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of eye movements and brief reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective.
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