What is EMDR?

Official Definition:  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment modality provided by trained and licensed clinicians that alleviates distress associated with traumatic memories.  Discovered and created by Dr. Francine Shapiro, when disturbing events occur. These events seem to get locked and dysfunctionally stored in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, and feelings.  Scattered memories need safety and containment. EMDR unlocks the nervous system. This allows the brain to process the experience to obtain more adaptive resolution.  In this process of rebuilding new neural pathways, the mindbody has an innate healing system and knows how to help normal people cope/adjust to abnormal situations and events. During EMDR treatments, the targeted event or trauma episode, along with the beliefs attached to it, are relieved and reversed to generate healing, relief, and promote recovery.

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