Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a phased, scientifically validated, integrative psychotherapy approach to the treatment of symptoms due to trauma or disturbing life events. It is believed that symptoms occur because stressful events often result in the impairment of a person’s innate ability to process and integrate the experience or experiences within the central nervous system. The core of EMDR treatment involves activating components of the traumatic memory or disturbing life event and pairing those components with alternating bilateral or dual attention stimulation. This process appears to facilitate the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach can result in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, decreased distress from the memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbances, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
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