EMDR therapy is an effective psychotherapy treatment for the various emotional difficulties that affect us in our day to day lives.
These difficulties may be the result of disturbing life experiences, whether they be isolated incidents or an accumulation of small events. They often manifest themselves through the following symptoms: phobias, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and a general sense of malaise, among others. Some of these symptoms may be caused by a traumatic death (eg. suicide, traffic accidents, etc.). Additionally, they may come from unresolved grief, traumatic events in the present or from childhood, or accidents and natural disasters. In other words, situations where we are under a lot of stress. When we are under such intense levels of stress, the brain is unable to process all of the information that it is receiving and as a result, it goes into survival mode. This means that the brain cannot process, and must isolate, any information related to these stressful situations.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) aims to reconnect all of the information from the past that continues to affect us in the present by means of reprocessing. By doing this, the information is integrated into the correct memory networks in a more adaptive way, thus ceasing to affect us in the here and now.