EMDR is another path to healing and growth offered at CBT Denver. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an evidence-based approach aimed at reducing the intensity of traumatic events, and the negative beliefs and emotions that often accompany them. While EMDR was originally developed to treat trauma such as abuse, assault or car accidents, it is now also used to treat depression, anxiety, fear of public speaking, performance anxiety, and unresolved grief. The memories of very disturbing or traumatic events seem to get “stuck” in our memory networks, resulting in lingering images, painful emotions, negative beliefs, and enduring physiological reactions and sensations.
EMDR Therapy seems to work by facilitating the processing of these memories so that they are no longer stuck in the emotional system of the brain. The emotional processing helps the cognitive or belief system to adapt to healthier more positive beliefs. EMDR sessions involve addressing or “targeting” past experiences that are part of the trauma memory network in the brain. Dual Attention Stimulation (DAS), which is bilateral stimulation of the brain using eye-movements, tactile pulsars held in the hands, audible sounds in the ears, or hand taps alternating on the right and left side of the body, is used in EMDR Therapy to help process memories.
For more information about EMDR Therapy please visit www.emdria.org.