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EMDR: Healing Through The Eye of the Beholder

Type of Therapy:

Brain Based


EMDR proposes that a person’s brain and physiological systems have innate wisdom and healing capacities which, if unleashed, allow the healing process to unfold naturally. The therapist uses bilateral stimulation of the brain (e.g. alternately activating the right then left side of the brain) to activate this process. The bilateral stimulation re-wires damage in the brain caused by stress and trauma.

Example of Treatment:

During an EMDR session, the therapist is a guide, facilitator, and witness to the healing process which comes from within the patient. The patient picks a specific problematic memory to target for treatment. Everything about the memory is called to mind including the negative conclusions about self and world that were drawn by the patient as a result of the traumatic experience.

The therapist introduces bilateral stimulation (e.g. the patient tracks the therapist’s finger back and forth with their eyes). This process activates both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The eye movements created in the patient parallel the rapid eye movements (REM) produced when we dream.

Bilateral stimulation helps re-connect parts of the brain that were damaged or disconnected during the trauma. Then, the brain then has a greater flow of information between its parts and begins to make new connections that lead to new insights and healing.

The client notices whatever comes to mind during this process without editing it or trying to control it. As the session progresses, the disturbing aspects of the memory decrease and adaptive beliefs about oneself strengthen. By the end of the treatment, the trauma is no longer upsetting.

Facts & Figures:

EMDR has helped an estimated half million individuals experience relief from many types of psychological distress. It is so effective that is used by the U.S. military and by U.S. Olympic team members.

EMDR Successfully Treats:

PTSD, auto accidents, panic attacks, disturbing memories, phobias, performance anxiety, stress, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, trauma, etc.

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If you would like to see an EMDR session live on 20/20 watch this video.

"She couldn’t feel her wings, but she knew they were there,
so she built a ladder to the sky
and when she touched the clouds,
she remembered how to fly."