EMDR is a structured mental health modality involving eye movement while focusing on traumatic memories, often referred to as bilateral stimulation (BLS). Individuals who perform these eye movements may experience a reduction in the vividness and impact of their memories over time. Counsellors may use buzzers, tones, or taps on both sides of the body while thinking about a traumatic memory, which can similarly impact the brain.
- Phase One: Taking History
- Phase Two: Preparation
- Phase Three: Identify the Target Memory
- Phase Four to Seven: Processing and Resolving the Target Memory
- Phase Eight: Evaluating the Treatment
EDMR is a person centered and efficient modality that is proven to be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. (PTSD) Research has shown that EDMR provides a safe space for individuals to process traumatic memories in a short period of time.
EDMR includes exploring uncomfortable and painful memories that can be difficult for some individuals who are hesitant to address the memory. However, EDMR offers a safe space to explore a traumatic experience with support from a trained counsellor.
The goal of EDMR is to effectively treat individuals who are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To effectively treat symptoms, EMDR guides the individual through their emotional, psychological, and behavioral responses to traumatic memories, helping them reduce the distress and disturbance associated with these recollections.