What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

Q: What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?


A: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a specialized approach aimed at assisting individuals in overcoming trauma. It has shown to be particularly effective for those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, phobias, chronic illness, depression, and various trauma-related challenges. 


During EMDR sessions, therapists utilize bilateral stimulation techniques to support the brain in processing distressing memories. This can involve methods such as light movements or tapping that alternate from one side to the other. By engaging in this form of stimulation, individuals can work through their memories more effectively and reduce associated emotional distress.


It's akin to providing targeted exercises for the brain to enhance its ability to manage negative emotions and memories successfully. Importantly, EMDR is grounded in scientific research and has demonstrated effectiveness through numerous studies validating its therapeutic benefits.


If you would like support in connecting with a therapist trained in this modality please outreach the Care Navigation team. You can reach the team On-Demand Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm EST at 1-855-305-5533. 

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