What is EMDR? How is it different from other trauma therapy approaches?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.   Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy helps people process their past traumas and resolve them.  Like cognitive behavioral and rapid trauma therapy, EMDR helps people replace negative thoughts and feelings with positive thoughts. The technique has you moving your eyes back and forth while thinking about your trauma. Other trauma techniques have the client talking about the trauma and repeating it over and over while remaining in a relaxed state. Whether it’s through EMDR, rapid trauma, or cognitive behavioral therapy, repeating a traumatic experience, either aloud or in your head, while remaining relaxed and calm, helps resolve it. If you can think about your trauma while in a relaxed setting, your brain can reset itself and the trauma no longer interferes with your life.  EMDR is an excellent approach to managing trauma. Cheer Counselors are trained in a variety of trauma treatment approaches in addition to EMDR.