What is EMDR?
In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the observation that Eye Movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions. EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing) is now a set of standardized protocols utilized to reduce the negative effects of traumatic memory, or perceived pain. Research shows it is an effective treatment for Trauma.
When a person experiences perceived trauma it is often overwhelming for the brain. The limbic system experiences it as “life threatening”. When this occurs, the way that the brain stores memory and events gets “frozen” and the amygdale shuts down. The amygdale is responsible for regulating, processing and storing memory.
Both left and right brain must be involved to fully process information and neutralize it. During traumatic events whole brain integration often does not occur resulting in “frozen” memory.
When this happens a person experiences repetitive symptoms commonly associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression ,panic attacks insomnia and anxiety to name a few. EMDR is a treatment that affects the person neurologically as well as emotionally to make the necessary changes at a level most needed to promote wellbeing.
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