What is EMDR?


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a contemporary psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of trauma or disturbing life experiences.

It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can experience the same level of recovery in psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

Members of our Psychology Team and Holistic Self-Development Team are qualified and highly experienced practitioners of EMDR. If you’re looking to decide the difference between seeing a psychologist, psychotherapist, or a counsellor, check out our informative blog post on why psychotherapy may be for you!

By Dean Hilton, Psychotherapist