Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing, or better known as EMDR, is one of the most well researched and clinically effective protocols for the treatment of trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also effectively used for a number of other trauma-related symptoms, including phobias, panic, anxiety, depression, anger, sleep disturbance, addictions, and flashbacks.
EMDR is used to reduce the impact of past experiences that continue to intrude in the present-day. For example, even though one knows that a traumatic event happened in the past, it might be very difficult to think about it without becoming reactive or feeling overwhelmed. Or, you may find yourself over-reacting to current situations that might bear a resemblance to past traumas. Or, you might feel overwhelmed a lot of the time and unable to cope effectively with life, but unsure why you feel this way so often. In any of these scenarios, it is possible that unresolved and unprocessed traumatic experiences are impacting things.
Essentially, EMDR works by integrating the past, outdated ‘trauma’ information that has been stored in the mind with more current, adaptive information. When this happens, many of the symptoms described above are resolved.