Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy treatment proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences including anxiety, panic disorders, and depression. Through the use of bilateral stimulation (including eye movement) clients are able to process and integrate past experiences.
Some traumatic events can be too overwhelming to process at the time the event occurred. This can lead to the memories being stored maladaptively, causing distressing symptoms, negative views of the self and bodily disturbances. EMDR can help to process the old memory and relieve any current distress associated with the event.
EMDR is different from traditional talk therapies in that it does not require talking in detail about distressing events, nor does it require clients to remember past events or memories that may be contributing to current symptoms. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.