Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that has been proven to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including trauma, stressful life events, anxiety, and depression. EMDR is based on the idea that negative thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations can be “stuck” in the brain and body, preventing individuals from healing and moving forward. Unlike most memories, traumatic memories do not fade with times, meaning they are vivid and can trigger a strong emotional response even a long time after the event.

When a traumatic event is acute, such as car accident, being affected by or witnessing strong violence it can create a long lasting emotional wound that is difficult to heal or move away from. Less acute stressful events that are repeated, such as being undermined, yelled at or humiliated or being exposed to constant stress can also create similar emotional wounds that are difficult to overcome.

EMDR therapy works by stimulating the brain through a specific pattern of eye movements, tapping, or other bilateral stimulation to help process and release these negative experiences. EMDR works to process stressful and traumatic memories so they fade and become less vivid and without the emotional response. This can help individuals work through and overcome their traumas, negative thoughts, and feelings, leading to a greater sense of calm, peace, and resolution.