It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.
EMDR will resolve the troubling emotions, negative thinking and thought patterns that are linked to painful past experiences, ongoing trauma or traumatic events. Information processing theory reveals that multiple elements such as thoughts, feelings, sounds, body sensations and images of experience(s) are stored as memories in accessible and useful forms in the brain. However since emotions and thoughts are stored in different places in the brain, the lack of integration leads to psychological symptoms and suffering. EMDR therapy, eye movement or other forms of bilateral stimulation facilitates healthy integration within the brain leading to lasting healing and resolution at the level of the nervous system.
During EMDR treatment, negative thoughts, images, feelings, emotions, sounds, smells and body sensations that are often linked with negative experiences from the past are replaced with positive, accurate and more helpful, healing information. During the EMDR session, the therapist uses the information provided by the client to help them correct and free the “stuck” material. Eye movements or any form of bilateral stimulation (tactile or auditory) is used to neurologically stimulate both sides of the brain so that images, feelings, negative thoughts become desensitized and experienced differently. EMDR is effective for changing negative thought patterns, emotional reactions, entrenched habits and even physical discomfort that people can’t “think” or “talk” their way out of.