Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
The therapy that effectively helped millions of people overcome PTSD
and life adversities
How does EMDR work?
The human mind possesses the innate ability to heal from an emotional wound or severe trauma, as the body possesses cellular mechanisms to heal from an injury.
Each of our experiences becomes a piece of our personality. Sometimes some experiences overcome our personal resources and remain unprocessed, frozen in emotional memories, which are stored into the limbic areas of the brain. This happens for several reasons: because we were too young to deal with them at the time, or because they were repeated over time (dysfunctional family environment) or because they were simply too stressful.
During the reprocessing of these experiences with EMDR, it has been observed that brain activation moves from limbic/emotional areas to cognitive/associative areas. This shift leads to the reduction of “raw” emotions (guilt, fear, anger, etc.) and the development of new connections to all other cognitive and personal resources.
Why are eye movements so important?
“Bilateral stimulation” with ocular movements activates the reprocessing in our mind, leading in a very short time to greater affective neutrality from our negative memories.
Eye movements are not the only form of bilateral stimulation: tactile tapping or auditory tones can also be used.
Is it enough to move your eyes to feel better?
Bilateral stimulation is one of the 8 stages of the therapeutic protocol, but it is not the only one.
For this reason EMDR is not only a technique but a psychotherapy and therefore can only be guided by the competence of a mental health specialist.
How long does it take to get better?
EMDR is an extremely effective therapy and therefore faster than other “spoken” therapies. It is shown that for the elaboration of a single traumatic episode, such as an accident, can take even 3 sessions to return to normal.
In more complex cases, when life history is characterized by several negative experiences, it may take some more sessions or a few months.
Who guarantees the effectiveness and safety of EMDR?
Since 1987, the year of its discovery, EMDR has been constantly tested in different groups of people, and its effectiveness and tolerability is a well-established fact. EMDR is recommended by the WHO, the American Department of Defense and several International Guidelines for Excellence in Clinical Practice including APA and NICE.
What issues EMDR
effectively help with
EMDR was first developed in the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) on veterans.
Afterwards it has been tested and extended on many other traumatic or stressful experiences.
We shouldn’t think about trauma just as a catastrophic or severe event that impact on the mind.
Many other minor experiences can exceed the mind’s ability to process them and remain “frozen” in our nervous system.
Those memories get reactivated by daily life situations, generating maladaptive behaviours and symptoms.
“EMDR saved my life.
It was almost as if a surgeon removed the horrible memories and negative thoughts about me, replacing them with positive beliefs and giving me confidence. Who had abused me had convinced me it was my fault if they felt attracted to me. Now I can feel clean again”
“Thanks to EMDR I overcame my fear of flying, I was able to laugh on a plane!
Thanks for making me a better parent and moving on instead of being stuck in the past. At every session I felt relieved of an unnecessary and heavy burden”
“I started with EMDR during a time when I was fighting daily with severe migraines and anxiety. I am truly grateful that I have found such compassionate and professional listening.
EMDR helped me to walk inside deep memories and emotions and resume the path of serenity”