Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an evidence-based treatment for processing trauma, distressing memories and intrusive symptoms. EMDR is a structured therapy that includes identifying and restructuring memories and associated emotional responses by changing the way memories are stored. Developed initially to assist in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, EMDR has quickly become one of the three evidence-based treatment modalities for post-traumatic stress disorder. However, EMDR can also be used to treat anxiety, depression, and negative thoughts arising from past experiences that are holding you back.
Traumatic and distressing incidents can continue to cause dysregulation in both the body and the brain. As a somatic (body-based) treatment, EMDR integrates traumatic and distressing memories into a more positive (adaptive) neural framework. These new networks are thought to result in a reduction of emotional duress, development of new insights, and integration into new learning about the self and others, increasing a felt sense of safety within the world.
EMDR can be delivered effectively through telepsychology, however in-person EMDR may be best for some clients.