Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy. It helps people heal from symptoms and emotional distress from disturbing experiences. Many studies show that EMDR dramatically speeds up the benefits of psychotherapy. Many people assume that severe emotional pain requires a long time, maybe years, to heal. The studies show that EMDR can help people rid themselves of that pain much more quickly.
Studies have shown that EMDR is very successful at treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arising from extreme situations, such as combat traumas. Likewise EMDR therapy is effective in treating emotional distress from less than extreme traumas that lead to low self-esteem and feelings of powerlessness, along with manner of emotional issues.
EMDR is thought to access your traumatic memory network and enhances information processing. In this process, your brain can make new associations that link your traumatic memory with more relevant and helpful information and memories. These new associations help you function better. The new learning during EMDR can help you suffer less emotional distress and help you with new ways of thinking.
With EMDR and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, you can dramatically speed up therapy and get on with the life you want to live.