Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress, other distressing negative life events and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions: -loss of a loved one -injury of a loved one -car accident -fire -work accident -assault -robbery -rape -natural disaster -injury -illness -witness to violence -childhood abuse -victims of violent crimes -performance and test anxiety -trauma -depression -anxiety or panic -phobias -fears -childhood trauma -physical abuse -sexual abuse -post traumatic stress -bad temper -overwhelming fears -panic attacks -low self-esteem -relationship problems -brooding or worrying -trouble sleeping