“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”
– Jean-Paul Sartre.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has proven to be successful with people suffering from post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, grief, anxiety disorders, phobias, performance anxiety, stress reduction, addictions and persistent disturbing memories.
When a person is very upset from a traumatic event, their brain cannot process the information as it does ordinarily. That event becomes frozen in time, and when a person remembers the trauma, the thoughts and feelings may return as strongly as though no time has passed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect on the way a person may perceive the world or perceive themselves.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain functions. Normal information processing is resumed, and the upsetting memories have begun to “shift”, allowing a person to see the event in a more powerful, realistic manner, thus boosting self-esteem and feelings of self-control. For more information on EMDR, please contact the EMDR International Association at www.emdria.org.