EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a type of psychotherapy that helps people to heal from emotional distress and other symptoms that are caused my difficult and traumatic life experiences. Many studies have shown the effectiveness of EMDR therapy by enabling people to experience the benefits of psychotherapy much more rapidly.
Previously it was assumed that it takes many years to heal from severe emotional pain, but EMDR therapy has shown us that the mind is able to heal from psychological trauma similar to the way the body recovers from physical injury. If you get a cut on your arm, our body begins the process of healing and closing the wound. If the wound is repeatedly irritated and it causes more pain and the wound may fester. But once the irritation is removed, the body continues the natural healing process.
EMDR has shown us that a similar natural healing process also occurs in mental healing. If the system is blocked or out of balance because of a traumatic or disturbing event, the emotional wound can also fester and cause intense suffering. Once the blockage is removed the mind naturally moves toward mental health.
EMDR is used to enable the mind to activate it’s natural healing process toward mental health.