EMDR therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has been proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders, by resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.
Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex. While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help.
Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Stephen Dansiger about how EMDR therapy is different from other therapies, how it affects the brain, and who can benefit from it. Dr. Dansiger also walks us through what an EMDR therapy session looks like, and he shares stories of patients who have experienced EMDR therapy and what it has meant for them in their life.
Also mentioned in this episode:
- EMDR International Association – https://www.emdria.org/
- The Institute for Creative Mindfulness – https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/
- Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery by Jamie Marich – https://amzn.to/367UuUa
- Trauma and the 12 Steps: A Trauma Responsive Workbook by Jamie Marich and Dr. Stephen Dansiger – https://amzn.to/36izbiO
- Trauma and the 12 Steps: Daily Meditations and Reflections by Jamie Marich and Dr. Stephen Dansiger – https://amzn.to/3jYcFAp
- Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers by Dr. Stephen Dansiger – https://amzn.to/3p5gFmK
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