What is EMDR and how can it work for me?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is used to relieve psychological stress, and is known to be an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, which is also referred to as PTSD.
During EMDR treatment, you will have your traumatic experiences triggered in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movement. Because your attention is diverted, it often makes the distressing event less traumatic. This means that you can be exposed to these memories and thoughts, without having the psychological response so you can process it.
Over a course of treatments, this technique lessens the impact of those memories and thoughts you have.
EMDR can be used to treat:
- panic attacks
- eating disorders