EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), focuses on the individual’s present concerns. The EMDR approach believes past emotionally-charged experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself. As an EMDR trained therapist, I utilize EMDR for trauma/anxiety, although it can be used for many other conditions. I also use elements of EMDR for relaxation, as they can be very beneficial for calming down when anxious/activated.
EMDR processing helps you break through the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life.
EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you update disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps you process things that are troubling you.