EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (originated by Francine Shapiro, PhD, USA) is a comprehensive psychotherapy that contains elements of psychodynamic, experiential, cognitive, behavioral, somatic and system therapies. It is an 8-stage therapy that uses bilateral stimulation, such as left to right eye movements or left to right tapping as a way to reduce the effects of trauma by helping the mind and body process it in a more adaptive way.

EMDR proposes that the mind body contains an adaptive information processing system that takes in and processes information. From birth we take in information from our caretakers and the world around us. This forms our sense of self - our personality - to a large extent.

During traumatic events strong feelings hinders the mind and the body from processing the event adaptively. The traumatic events become memories that are not fully processed and they become the foundation for psychopathology. What often happens is that stress related events in the present triggers unprocessed memories from the past.

EMDR is a safe technique to “go back in time”, and work on unprocessed memories, traumatic events, in the light of a positive, chosen belief about the self.

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