Trauma and EMDR
The past few days I’ve been attending an EMDR training. EMDR is a treatment technique to help people overcome their trauma/PTSD. EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Normally, when we process information in the brain it’s like putting files in an organized way, like when we organize a filing cabinet. When we experience trauma, the ability to do that is gone, we store bits and pieces of information and many times do not have a clear picture of what we went through. We basically get stuck and have a huge mess in your brain – the files are disorganized and you can’t close the file cabinet.
EMDR uses dual stimulation of the brain to help you adaptively process the events and store them in an adaptive way. This way, they can no longer hold that “grip” on you. After a fairly short time (few sessions) your traumatic memories will become a narrative of a memory, but will no longer be associated with the emotional and physical responses you used to get when thinking about the events or memories. It is a really effective treatment techniques that has lot of research to support it. Some of it you can read here, and there are many books released about it. . I’m so excited to start practicing this technique to be able to help so many people who are dealing with the after affect of trauma and the debilitating emotions associated with it.