Friday, 29 January 2016
Reprocessing a Memory with EMDR
EMDR therapy stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a brain based approach to adapting or reprocessing childhood experiences or more recent experiences that contribute to present day problems. The information associated with these memories has gotten stuck or stored in your brain in a way that time and talk alone cannot shift. The images, sounds, smells, physical sensations, emotions, thoughts and beliefs about yourself that you feel when you think about the memory now is what contributes to present day issues. These stuck memories cause negative self-talk, anxiety, physical discomfort, and affect how you relate to others, cope with stress, or behave in certain situations.
Reprocessing a memory with EMDR doesn't mean talking about it in great detail. It means we access the memory, set up a learning state in the brain, and use bilateral stimulation to engage the right and left hemispheres of the brain to rapidly digest process and change the memory so it no longer creates distress for you.