Thursday, July 30, 2009

What is EMDR?

" .. Bessel van der Kolk, a leading Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) expert defines trauma as an “experience unable to be processed and integrated."..
type of treatment that is especially useful for processing trauma experiences. Only those who are extensively trained should be treating clients with this tool .. has been approved by the APA (American Psychiatric Association) and has been researched for its efficacy in over 20 clinical studies. ..
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It works by using bi-lateral tones listened to on headphones, tapping, and/or eye movement while thinking about the trauma .. seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer re-lives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind; he still remembers what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep .. "


  1. I found EMDR to be quite helpful, but only after I got well grounded first. It can be triggering, or even re-traumatizing otherwise.

    Thanks for your lovely comment at my blog yesterday and thanks for the link. I like this project you've got started here. Kudos!

  2. Thanks. Just to let you know - I'm shifting all the stuff here and on my other blogs onto one site which is