EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing) is a powerful modality for trauma treatment. Well-researched and widely used by healing professionals, it can accelerate healing both for large traumas and small traumas.
Large traumas are devastating and terrifying events such as accidents, abuse, violent acts, war, or natural disasters. Such events often result in PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and life becomes organized around the trauma with symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, phobias, and hypervigilence.
EMDR also is used to treat smaller traumas like neglect, humiliation, rejection, and abandonment. These repeated historical events affect how we feel about ourselves, in relationship, and in the world. They often show up as anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.
In addition to treating trauma, EMDR helps:
- release deeply-entrenched beliefs
- heal self-esteem
- loosen creativity blocks
- let go of fears
- process unresolved grief
- enhance performance
- build self-confidence
Laurel Parnell. Tapping In
Peter Levine. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma