EMDR therapy addresses the root-cause of distress and suffering and releases trauma held in the body, thus healing the nervous system. As Such, clients have a better chance of leading a symptom-free life without needing to return to talk therapy.
EMDR treatment is based on the neuroscience of the brain and uses the technique of bilateral stimulation to process through memory networks and release the emotional charge associated with distressing thoughts, memories and blocks. EMDR can be helpful for anxiety, phobias, depression, habits, negative self-concepts, performance problems, addictions, repeating patterns and more. EMDR has been proven to be extremely effective in treating even the most problematic issues in fewer sessions than talk therapy (and less homework than CBT), although a form of “exposure” therapy is an important aspect of EMDR. EMDR therapy has evidence-based and data-driven support and is the favored treatment for trauma. In 2013, the World Health Organization endorsed EMDR for post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Nine years before, the American Psychiatric Association or APA recommended EMDR as an effective treatment in trauma cases. The Veterans Administration has also recommended this method, and many more.
EMDR therapy identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural coping capacity and resilience, which has led to traumatic symptoms and harmful coping mechanisms, thus helping clients reprocess traumatic information leading to a more integrated and peaceful resolution. Negative, painful thoughts and beliefs are replaced with more adaptive and realistic “here and now” perceptions and self-concepts. EMDR therapy is particularly supportive for clients who need to strengthen inner resources to feel safe and regulated and develop self-soothing techniques. Kim Seelbrede is a level I & II EMDRIA-trained EMDR and Brainspotting clinician and member of EMDRIA with a private psychotherapy and coaching practice.