EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a somatic psychotherapeutic approach that alleviates distress associated with trauma and anxiety. EMDR has been used since 1989 and has been highly effective in helping many people process traumas to experience what they didn’t think was possible before.
Trauma can get stuck in the nervous system, thereby impeding the integrative processes of the brain by keeping unprocessed experiences stored and frozen in a fragmented form. EMDR uses a technique of creating continuous movement in the left and right hemispheres of the brain to unlock the nervous system. This allows the mind and body to process traumatic experiences, activate the healing process, and create new neural pathways. Once unstuck, your own brain creates the healing. You are the one in control.
EMDR is practiced by skilled and EMDR-trained psychotherapists who use a technique called bilateral stimulation (BLS). BLS activates the left and right hemispheres of the brain by using eye movement, tapping, sounds, or a small vibrating object in both hands. BLS simply allow the brain to keep moving through intense thoughts, feelings, and memories so the brain can naturally move towards healing and integration. EMDR involves a short-term, yet highly committed motivation to work through difficulties.
Elijah Nella, LMFT practices EMDR at Choices Counseling and also has been working with trans communities for a decade. If you are interested in scheduling a session with Elijah to find out if EMDR might be a good fit for you, call our office at 518-438-2222.
Learn more here: What Is EMDR