Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.
EMDR does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or homework between sessions. Rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviours resulting from the distressing issue, EMDR allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. It is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.
EMDR may be used within a standard talking therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.
There are 8 phases to EMDR therapy and a typical EMDR therapy session lasts from 60-90 minutes.