Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that can help a person work though the impact of traumatic experiences in her/his life by connecting to her/his inner resources.

It is a holistic therapeutic modality that involves focusing on an image, a belief, emotions and body sensations/experiences that are connected to the issue being worked on, and processing the issue by either listening to bilateral (back and forth) beats or holding onto tactile pulsers, or a combination of these options.

Historically, EMDR is an approach that has evolved out of research on trauma, particularly with regard to survivors of assault and/or abuse, who were dealing with the impacts of violence in their lives. It has been found to be similar to the way our dreams help us to process the thoughts and feelings connected to our every day life. As well, EMDR has been found to engage both the Right (Emotional Centre) and Left (Critical thinking) hemispheres of the brain, helping them to communicate to each other and enabling us to think and feel differently about the issues in our lives.

Who is EMDR for?

EMDR is for individuals who wish to process experiences of trauma or difficulty in their lives. Individuals who are interested in using EMDR should be in a stable place in their lives, as well as have sources of support, given that the processing can touch very difficult memories, emotions and beliefs.

Benefits of EMDR at SA/DVCC

There are numerous benefits that clients can receive from EMDR. As clients engage in the processing of experiences, they may notice some of the following benefits: