What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an 8-phase trauma treatment therapy aimed at helping people heal from traumatic events, as well as disturbing life experiences. EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based approach and is a highly recommended treatment of choice for healing from traumatic events. As research continues to grow in the efficacy of EMDR Therapy, it has been shown to be helpful with clients experiencing a wide range of issues from addiction, to anxiety, to depression, to chronic pain, to PTSD.
EMDR Therapy is designed to help a person identify events that make them feel stuck and cause distress in their current life. Those events can become unprocessed memories that get fragmented in the brain creating symptoms that are uncomfortable. Disturbing images, thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations associated with those events can get locked into the brain, and without treatment, may lead to distressing symptoms and behaviors.
Different life events are categorized into "big T" and "little t" trauma. Examples of "big T" trauma include events that would affect anyone such as war, natural disasters, accidents, or rape. Examples of "little t" trauma ranges from any everyday life experience that may be stressful to one person but not necessarily to another. The underlying negative cognition about himself or herself plays a role in the difference between that becoming a traumatic event for one person and not to the other.
The important thing to note is that EMDR will not erase the memory, but rather will help the person remember the events without all the emotional charge that was distressing before the treatment.