Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
“Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.”
Developed by Psychologist Francine Shapiro, EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It focuses on how memory is stored in the brain and how that impacts experience. It is a successful evidenced-based method for treating trauma.
How It Is Used
EMDR uses dual attention stimulation (eye movements, tapping, or rhythmic audio sounds) to activate the brain’s orienting response, allowing you to access adaptive information and attach it to the memory of trauma. “EMDR connects the ‘here and now’ parts of your brain to the ‘then and there’ trauma parts until your brain says. ‘ Oh it’s over. I’m okay.’” (McDonald and Johnston)
The God who created you fully understands your body, emotions, and your neurological functions. Holistic healing addresses all of you. Realizing who God is, His love for His children, and trusting his promises can be part of the process in healing trauma. EMDR can utilize these truths.
Who Should Consider EMDR?
If you’ve been impacted by trauma.
Trauma is defined as the emotional shock following a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Trauma overwhelms the senses and hijacks normal processing. Traumatic experiences cover a broad range. Some include personal involvement where something happened to you. Others include something that happened to someone with you. Situations can also be traumatic due to the personal significance and impact on your life.
If you feel “stuck.”
EMDR is extremely helpful to people who feel stuck in their struggle. If negative self-talk, catastrophizing, feeling continually overwhelmed, or feelings of hopelessness are part of your regular life, reprocessing target events and memories with EMDR can help.
Is EMDR Safe?
EMDR is safe for adults and children.
Yes. Because EMDR is non-invasive and client led, there is little concern surrounding the process or impact of the therapy. Below are supporting facts as well as things to consider:
- The client remains fully coherent and focused during the process.
- The client sets the pace and can decide if they need to stop at any time.
- When done properly, EMDR has the least susceptibility to suggestion or manipulation than do other therapies.
- EMDR should only be done by a professionally trained therapist.
- While EMDR is considered safe, not everyone is a good candidate for this therapy. Consult with a trained professional to determine if it is right for you.