EMDR can be a gentle way to address painful thoughts, experiences, memories, and emotions. EMDR is facilitated over a series of sessions. The therapist begins by taking a full history. Then they help clients practice coping strategies and relaxation practices. Once the client is ready, bilateral stimulation (the use of alternating sensory input) is used to activate both hemispheres of the brain. This is a gentle process that uses sound, light, tapping or vibration.
What is EMDR Anyway
EMDR is based on the idea that traumatic experiences can become "stuck" in the brain, causing ongoing distress and negative symptoms such as anxiety, nightmares, or flashbacks. The eye movements used in EMDR are believed to help the brain process the traumatic memories in a way that allows them to be integrated into a person's overall experience, reducing the distress associated with them.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy can be considered a holistic treatment approach, as it addresses not only the psychological and emotional aspects of a person's health, but also takes into account the physical and spiritual aspects of their well-being. EMDR is designed to help individuals process traumatic or distressing experiences in a safe and effective way, which can help to alleviate symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other mental health conditions.
EMDR can be used in conjunction with other holistic treatments, such as meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices, as well as nutritional counseling, exercise, and other lifestyle changes that can promote overall health and well-being. In this way, EMDR therapy can be part of a more comprehensive approach to healing that addresses all aspects of an individual's health, rather than just focusing on their mental health.