EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is effective for treating major traumas and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and is also beneficial for working through disturbing experiences and integrating skill sets. Treatment using EMDR initially involved a process of inducing eye movements which instigated the processing of traumatic events in the brain. It has since been found that this process can also be performed by repeated rhythmic stimulation of the hands. I use eye movements or a handheld device known as a “tapper” which delivers innocuous pulses to the right and left hands to stimulate the necessary brain activity to accelerate processing of material. Often people will talk about knowing something is true intellectually, but not possessing a deeper confirmation of this knowledge. I find that some EMDR approaches are beneficial for developing this more profound level of understanding.
When a client comes to a session I help them explore their strengths and vulnerabilities. Once this is done I talk about what to expect from EMDR. We will then decide if we are going to focus on processing a traumatic or disturbing event or integrating some helpful knowledge or skills. Often both goals are indicated. If you would like more information you may go to the EMDR International Association website at http://emdria.org. It is an excellent source of information.