Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is used to process stuck memories which still have the emotion and feeling attached to them.
If the brain experiences something that it hasn’t dealt with before, it finds it difficult to process the information normally. So therefore the distressing memory becomes frozen.
When the memory is recalled the event can seem like it is being re-lived.
There maybe certain triggers that cause the person to remember exactly what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt. These are known as “flashbacks”.
Flashbacks’ can be very distressing and disruptive to normal life and can produce some very uncomfortable or frightening feelings.
EMDR therapy helps to stimulate the brain, through side-to-side eye movement, which appears to help the brain to process the frozen or blocked information.
As a result, the traumatic memories seem to lose their intensity; they become less
distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories. The bilateral stimulation may be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought.
So basically EMDR helps your brain process the memory and the feelings and emotions which are attached to this memory. You and your brain are doing the work.
Note that EMDR is not hypnosis. Even though you are moving your eyes during EMDR you remain conscious AND in control at all times. EMDR cannot be done against your will.
“When I can tell my story without feeling the pain I know I’m healed”