Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
(EMDR) is a type of therapy that helps people with PTSD reduce their symptoms and gain success. EMDR is based on the idea that traumatic events can cause intense emotional reactions and be difficult to process due to the way they are stored in our brains. By using eye movements, EMDR works to help individuals recall traumatic memories while also providing them with coping strategies to help them process these emotions in a more productive manner.
The goal of EMDR
is to reduce the intensity of PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, avoidance behavior and more. During an EMDR session, the therapist will ask the patient to focus on a memory while simultaneously moving their eyes back-and-forth or following their finger as it moves across their field of vision.