What is it & what makes it different than regular talk therapy?
EMDR is a form of therapy that actually allows you to stay present in your body while processing past events, feelings and beliefs. The body mind connection is huge and EMDR allows for more of a connection during therapy.
The reprocessing portion of EMDR allows the client and the therapist to navigate past trauma (big trauma or little trauma) to find the originating events of negative beliefs, worries or behavior patterns. And then actually repair and process those events right in session.
You see when something scary, hurtful or very upsetting happens we sometimes have trouble processing it. Our brains try really hard to figure out what happened and try to find a why. Many times we create beliefs about ourselves based on events in our lives. EMDR helps your brain process unconscious material so that the past stops influencing your present.
EMDR is kind of like fully conscious REM sleep. EMDR therapists help facilitate the processing but it's your own brain that does all of the healing and you are always in control.
EMDR is different in that it changes neural pathways and is generally a more short term therapy though the time period of treatment depends on each person's level of trauma. If you were coming in because of PTSD or anxiety related to a specific event like a traumatic birth or a car accident you may not need more that a handful of sessions. If you want to know more please reach out to schedule an appointment or phone consult today.
TheraTappers used during EMDR reprocessing. They are handheld and vibrate back and forth to stimulate the left and the right side of your brain and body.