EMDR helps patients reprocess memories of a traumatic experience so they can see it in a new, less threatening light.
This leads to fewer flashbacks and nightmares, less negative thinking, and improved mood.
How EMDR works
Jordan Vyas-Lee explains how EMDR therapy works in the brain.
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Traumatic and painful memories can cause PTSD when they aren’t processed completely. You may find something triggers these memories, causing you to re-experience them. EMDR aims to reduce these symptoms by changing how your brain stores these memories. An EMDR therapist does this by leading the patient through bilateral stimulation while traumatic or triggering experiences are recalled in small segments until those memories no longer cause distress.
In EMDR, we often use side-to-side eye movements as the type of bilateral stimulation, but your therapist may also suggest hand tapping or audio stimulation.
Watch our video for a more in-depth understanding of how EMDR therapy works.
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Recalling traumatic events while focusing on bilateral stimulation allows space to process painful memories and unwanted thoughts without an overwhelming psychological response. This changes the way your brain processes these experiences. It also helps integrate your traumatic memories into more adaptive memories that allow us to learn and evolve.
While originally developed to treat PTSD, EMDR can help relieve symptoms of other mental health concerns too, especially those linked to past trauma.
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