What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)and trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain.; thus, helping the brain reprocess unhealed traumatic memories. EMDR also helps clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc. or read this short article–
Somatic Interventions in EMDR
Bessel Van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score and renown trauma researcher, has stated that Somatic Psychology and EMDR are among the best therapy approaches for the treatment of PTSD and trauma. Somatic interventions such as increasing mindful awareness of the present moment, naming sensations, tracking the felt sense, orienting, boundary awareness, use of breath, and movement increase the efficacy of standard EMDR.