EMDR is a special and structured type of therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing eye movements, usually by following the movement of your therapist’s finger. Other methods may include the therapist tapping their finger or playing sounds.
Although we do not how exactly EMDR works, but it helps to change the negative way a person thinks about a traumatic experience.
It is mainly offered for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. However, EMDR has also been
successfully used to treat:
- anxiety and panic attacks
- sleep problems
- complicated grief
- pain relief, phantom limb pain
- self-esteem and performance anxiety