EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to treat trauma, reduce symptoms, and provide significant psychological and somatic relief for clients. EMDR targets specific memories and reminders of trauma and combines cognitive, emotional, and somatic processing with neurological stimulation to reduce the levels of distress and continuing influence caused by these incidents. Ultimately EMDR provides a pathway to integrate these original traumas into an adaptive and resilient perspective, allowing us to become unstuck from old patterns and experience freedom from past pain in our present lives.
I have found EMDR to be an incredibly effective and powerful tool for healing in therapy, both as a provider and a recipient.
I am EMDR trained (Levels I & II) and working towards full certification through the EMDR International Association. For more information about EMDR, its history and research, and what sessions look like, go to: http://www.emdria.org/