Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR operates under the assumption, the distress that we experience comes from conscious or subconscious memories which have been stored in the mind. Through EMDR, a person is a able to access these memories and reprocesses them in a way that allows the memory to become neutral, and sometimes even powerfully positive. Yes, even THAT memory. There is no memory too big or too small for EMDR. A single memory can be reprocessed in as little as 1 session and the benefits last forever!
EMDR is NOT talk therapy. EMDR isn't education or a series of coping skills. It does not require you to complete homework or abide by a set of spiritual principals. EMDR simply dissolves the mental block that has kept your mind from healing itself. Once that occurs, behavior change becomes effortless.
Not only is EMDR highly effective but it is one of the most efficient treatments for trauma. EMDR has also proven effective in treating depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, nightmares, negative self talk, and obsessions. The EMDR Institute webpage sites multiple studies showing unheard of success rates. In 4 of the studies sited, participants no longer met criteria for a PTSD diagnosis after only 3-7 treatment sessions (EMDR Institute).
EMDR looks a little crazy and sounds even crazier when explained. I'll let you check out the EMDR website for an in depth explanation. I'll drop a video here too. Luckily, you don't need to understand how it works for it to change your life.