Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a simple but efficient therapy using bilateral stimulation (BLS) - tapping, auditory tones, or eye movements - to accelerate the brain's capacity to process and heal a troubling memory. EMDR is effective in alleviating or minimizing trauma-related symptoms. EMDR treatment is facilitated by a psychotherapist having EMDRIA-approved training. Clients will be asked to demonstrate the use of self-control, emotional regulation and relaxation techniques before beginning to reprocess. Clients should disclose to therapist and consult with your physician before EMDR therapy if you have a history of or current eye problems, a diagnosed heart disease, elevated blood pressure, or is at risk for or has a history of stroke, heart attack, seizure, or other limiting medical conditions that may put him/her at medical risk. Due to stress related to reprocessing traumatic events, pregnant women should consider postponing EMDR therapy. Before participating in EMDR, discuss with the therapist all aspects of an upcoming legal court case where testimony is required. The client may need to postpone EMDR treatment if she/he is a victim or witness to a crime that is being prosecuted because the traumatic material processed using EMDR may fade, blur, or disappear and her/his testimony may be challenged.