EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an evidenced-based form of treatment that has been found to be extremely effective in helping people overcome many issues. EMDR has been found to be effective in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and illness, eating disorders, grief, sexual assault, substance abuse, dissociate disorders, and other psychological issues cause by distressing life events.
Often times when something distressing or traumatizing happens to us and triggers our fight, flight, or freeze response, we can be left with unprocessed traumatic memories that continue to affect us for long after the actual event. With EMDR, we are able to target that event with the associated negative cognitions, emotions, and body sensations and allow the memory to be fully processed, and ultimately eliminate the negative emotions, self-beliefs, and unproductive behaviors.
EMDR differs from other therapeutic techniques because it includes the full physical experience, does not require talking in full detail about distressing issues, and can often resolve issues much quicker than typical talk therapy.