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What is EMDR and who needs it?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, which is a fancy way of saying, we will trigger your brain to think about past experiences differently.

For example:

If you learned how to play tennis, but over time it hurts you to hold the racket a certain way, this is a muscle memory injury. It might also affect your ability to hold an umbrella, or to ladle soup. To help, you have to retrain your brain on how to hold these things so they do not cause you pain.

Same thing with your brain! Did you experience a trauma of some kind? Perhaps a car accident, abuse, or being in a dangerous/at risk job? EMDR  is a type of therapy meant to help with this! Perhaps you have tried multiple types of therapy and nothing is working.

According to the EMDR Institute more than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy and some show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions!

EMDR has been helpful for so many people with all types of symptoms! Click below to learn more about EMDR from the experts.

What can you do before starting EMDR?

Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques!

This biggest thing you can do for yourself to prepare for EMDR is get your body ready to relax when it is in distress. Practice incorporating a 5-minute relaxation technique into your day, so that you will already be used to it once you start EMDR. Here is a simple one you can do right now!Here are more breathing techniques if you find this one is working for you.If breathing isn’t quite helping, try more techniques with it. Helpguide has a great list of these!

​This is a good book, once you have the relaxation down. It doesn’t replace having a therapist as a guide, but it is a good start for helping yourself and understanding EMDR a lot more!

Curious about what EMDR looks like? Check this video clip out- (Caution: this may be triggering for some)