EMDR

Years of clinical research have demonstrated that EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an effective therapeutic modality for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is one of the most widely used modalities for healing trauma as well as self-limiting beliefs and patterns of behavior. PTSD can occur as the aftermath of a traumatic event; for instance, physical or sexual abuse, the death of a loved one, combat experiences, or even a car accident that has not been fully processed. Instead the horror of the event and of all its attendant emotions become trapped in the nervous system where it can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger, low self-esteem, hypervigilance, and flashbacks of the event. The various techniques used in EMDR promote an accelerated processing of the trapped, distressing memories and emotions associated with the event. As the individual processes the event, the self-limiting beliefs and negative emotions linked to it are transformed, promoting the emergence of a more positive sense of self and a greater sense of safety in the world.