EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. Which is a mouthful and sounds a lot more intimidating than it really is.
The very short version is this: when you experience a trauma, one part of your brain stores the memory in the wrong format and the wrong file. EMDR helps the other part of your brain process the memory so you can reformat it and store it in the right place. It can help reduce how much trauma response you have to the memory. In other words, how upsetting it is to you.
Typically, I use EMDR for trauma related to childhood abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and feelings of abandonment and rejection. It can also be used for other issues as well. If you would like to learn more about EMDR, check out the EMDR International Association (link: www.emdria.org)
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