EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach intended to treat psychological disorders, to alleviate human suffering and to assist individuals to fulfill their potential for development. For the client, EMDR aims to achieve comprehensive treatment safely, effectively and efficiently, while maintaining client stability.

Through EMDR, resolution of traumatic and disturbing adverse life experiences is accomplished with a unique standardized set of procedures which incorporates dual focus of attention and alternating bilateral visual, auditory and/or tactile stimulation. This process activates the components of the memory of disturbing life events and facilitates the resumption of adaptive information processing and integration.

What is Bilateral Stimulation?

The advantage of bilateral stimulation is that it activates both the right and left hemispheres (prefrontal cortex) of the brain simultaneously, which enables the client to finally makes sense of, and put language to, the disturbing information, images and sensations from their traumatic events or adverse life experiences. Those memories can then be stored with out "negative emotional charge" - they simply becomes sensory data, just information stored in your brain.

What is AIP Model?

The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. EMDR procedures facilitate the effective reprocessing of traumatic events or adverse life experiences and associated beliefs, to an adaptive resolution. These well-defined treatment procedures facilitate this adaptive resolution, which in turn provides clients the opportunity to build the capacity to develop accurate beliefs about oneself and/or their life experiences.

Although EMDR may produce results more rapidly than previous forms of therapy, speed is not the primary issue... the primary issue is always remembering what is best for the client. The intent of the EMDR approach to psychotherapy is to facilitate the client’s innate ability to heal.  

for additional information visit: www.emdr.org

*some excerpts taken from www.emdria.org