Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that uses the body’s natural healing abilities to help process disturbing events around a memory. It has been shown to help individuals who experience trauma, anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues.
Numerous studies show that individuals who do EMDR therapy can usually experience the benefits of therapy in an expedited fashion compared traditional psychotherapy. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.
The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
From EMDR Institute Inc. "What is EMDR"