SpecialtiesEMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a thoroughly researched form of therapy used in the treatment of trauma and is indicated to be highly effective in coping with all types of stressful life events.
When a disturbing event occurs it can become locked into one’s central nervous system. The memory of the event as well as its associated images, sounds, thoughts, and feelings create an imbalance. Since the experience is locked there, a “stress response” is then created in the body and may be triggered by any reminder of the event.
EMDR seems to unlock the nervous system and allows the brain to process the experience. Tapping of the hands or knees or eye movement creates a rhythmic, back and forth stimulation of each hemisphere of the brain and something we call the “information processing system” is activated and kicked into a highly accelerated mode of functioning—thus taking the negative event from an in isolated memory network in the brain where it is stuck to another memory network which contains most of the information you need to resolve the painful memories and distressful events.
With EMDR the two networks can finally link up providing and opportunity for new information to arise in the mind thus allowing one to find resolution around the trauma. It’s the build up of the effects of the “stress response” in your body, brain, and nervous system that we believe to be the reason behind most of the emotional difficulties that people experience. Once we are no longer bothered by an event the experience may be used appropriately as information to guide our actions. Thus, we learn something about ourselves, and other people, we better understand past situations, and we are better able to handle similar situations in the future.
Read an article on EMDR that Carroll wrote for AveNews Holistic World Ways.
For more information about EMDR, visit the EMDR Institute web site.
Read an article on developing resilience that extensively quotes Carroll.