Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that was originally developed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but is now used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, phobias, and addiction.
EMDR involves a structured approach to therapy that can include up to eight phases.
The goal of EMDR is to reprocess the traumatic memory in a way that reduces its emotional intensity and allows you to develop a more adaptive (negatively resistant) response to the memory. For example, the bilateral stimulation used in EMDR is thought to help the brain process the memory more effectively, leading to a reduction in symptoms.
Overall, EMDR is a highly effective form of therapy that can help people overcome the negative effects of traumatic experiences and improve their mental health and well-being.