What is emdr?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapy that was originally developed for PTSD but has been helpful for a variety of mental health issues. I believe the majority of issues that people come to therapy with are rooted in some sort of developmental trauma. Trauma is anything that has a lasting impact on us. Many people struggle with mental health issues that are often connected to earlier experiences and feelings that were too overwhelming to cope with at the time, that the brain was not able to fully digest. These experiences were inadequately processed and maladaptively stored in the brain. Often we are not completely aware of how certain experiences have impacted us. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation through eye movements, tapping, or auditory input while you briefly focus on the thoughts, emotions, images, and body sensations of present day issues and related upsetting memories. This allows the brain to digest old, stuck material and go through its natural healing process. Using EMDR in treatment can be a helpful tool to release upsetting experiences that continue to impact your life today. Bridget is trained in EMDR therapy and believes that almost anyone can benefit from it.