Desensitization and Reprocessing
So What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that helps memories get integrated into our long term memory system. By helping this process we reduce trauma, depression, anxiety and many other psychological symptoms.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, which means using our right and left brains, EMDR works similar to the REM (rapid eye movement) cycle when we sleep. When we are sleeping our brain is working hard to make sense of everything that happened to us during the day. It takes memories and decides if they are needed in short term memory for easy recall or put them in long term memory as reference.