Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing -EMDR
We all have events from our past that impact us in the present. EMDR enables individuals to identify those events and recognize how they impact us in the here and now. Once an event is processed, it becomes like any other memory, rather than a memory that triggers adverse effects.
The EMDR process is one that is unlike other types of therapy. The initial assessment is done to identify any barriers to EMDR. If barriers, like dissociation, are found, work is done to first prepare the client for EMDR therapy. This may include somatic or mindfulness work. A client is never asked to address trauma without appropriate groundwork. Once that has been established, traumatic memories are identified then processed. Some memories may take multiple sessions to fully process, others may take only one session.
An important benefit of EMDR is the fact that it allows one to address traumatic events at a more accelerated rate than talk therapy. Individuals often report a noticeable improvement after just a few sessions. If you have trauma to address or are just feeling stuck, EMDR is an excellent option. Having experienced EMDR therapy myself, I can personally attest to the positive benefits.