EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. It enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
How does EMDR work?
It is a nonverbal, neurologically based that reprocesses and "re-wires" negative memories. EMDR accomplishes this through left-to-right “bi-lateral brain stimulation” (rapid eye movements, tapping, buzzing sounds, or electrical pulses) to get the two hemispheres of the brain “talking to each other.” The goal is to “unfreeze” the memory and reprocess the entire event, together with all of its associated sights, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.
Is EMDR Christian?
EMDR is widely accepted within the Christian counseling community. It is not connected with anything that might be considered unbiblical or spiritually unsound. For further information, please refer to Focus on the Family, an organization with firm beliefs about the Christian faith. Our counselors offer faith-based EMDR upon request.
For more information on EMDR therapy, please watch this video, courtesy of the EMDR International Association.
EMDR Therapy is Approved by:
The World Health Organization
The American Psychiatric Association
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Focus on the Family