EMDR, which is shorthand for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, was initially developed to help veterans cope with their experiences of PTSD. As the therapy developed, practitioners began observing it’s positive effects with many types of concerns. It is a front line treatment for anyone who has experienced trauma. I’ve also seen it effectively address many other concerns especially ones related to anxiety and grief.
On my bucket list of professional goals, EMDR had always ranked high. I’d heard from friends, clients and colleagues of its unique ability to transform people’s lives and help them heal from trauma. People who had experienced slow progress with other types of therapies would talk about life changing and permanent healing they began experiencing with only a few sessions of EMDR treatment.
Now that I’ve completed my Level 1 and Level 2 trainings, I can see that the hype was true. I’ve witnessed many clients being transformed by it. Some express feeling as though they now live in a new body. Some make emotional connections to things that they’ve wanted to believe for years. And still others recognize that they feel significantly better, even if they can’t put their exact experience of what else has changed into words.
One of the best things about EMDR is that it’s your own brain providing the healing that you need. It’s not me trying to provide some new insight to you or someone else giving you advice that worked for their cousin’s grandmother’s neighbor. You and I uncover your own healing power and your mind is able to access the healing that it needs. It’s an amazing process to witness.
The EMDR International Association, or EMDRIA, has a great website with more details including what to expect with EMDR sessions.
If you would like to talk more about whether EMDR could be a good fit for you or a loved one, give us a call or schedule an appointment today.