EMDR (for individuals)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It uses elements of many different psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral (CB), interpersonal, experiential, and body centered therapies. It is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment worldwide. Research supports the effectiveness of the therapy in treatment of PTSD. There are various procedures and protocols to address the entire clinical picture. One of the procedural elements is “dual stimulation” using bilateral eye movement, tones, or taps.
When a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. EMDR seems to stimulate the information and allows the brain to reprocess the experience. It is your own brain that will be doing the healing, and you are the one in control.