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What is EMDR?

What is EMDR?


EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that has been researched and proven effective in the treatment of PTSD and other mental health related problems. Using standardized protocols, it is a very scripted form of therapy. The focus of EMDR is not on talking or discussion, but on helping the brain process negative memories using bilateral stimulation, accomplished through guided eye movements or tactile stimulation. The bilateral stimulation is utilized to help the brain release emotional experiences that are trapped in the pre-processing phase.

I often describe using EMDR to my clients as a way of treating a wound that will not heal. We have all had cuts that heal with no need for any further intervention, but occasionally we end up with one that requires some extra care. The same can happen within our brains; typically we are able to process difficult things with time, but sometimes things happen to us that we cannot seem to overcome. EMDR is beneficial to use in these types of situations.

I have completed my basic training in EMDR with the Niagara Stress and Trauma Clinic, with the goal of eventually becoming a certified EMDR therapist.

For further information please check out the Canadian website: http://emdrcanada.org


Tammy Benwell