EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidence-based therapy for treating trauma and post-traumatic stress. Panic attacks, grief, phobias, addiction, abuse, personality disorders and many other kinds of psychological stress have been successfully clinically treated with EMDR. 

The idea behind EMDR is to address where the brain is "stuck" in the healing process after trauma has occurred. Because trauma can cause our brains to become frozen on the event, remembering it often feels like reliving it over and over again with the same degree of intensity. These especially painful memories have lasting negative effects on the way we perceive the world and how we relate to other people. 

This level of emotional stress can take its toll on our physical health, affecting our ability to rest, our immune systems, our digestive systems and create other upsets such as fatigue and headaches. EMDR targets the way the brain processes that information so remembering no longer feels so immersive and intense. When you can see these memories and experiences from a calmer, less upsetting perspective, true healing can begin. 

A typical session lasts 60 to 90 minutes. EMDR appears to trigger what occurs naturally during the REM stage of sleep. Our eye movements support adaptive processing of the memory so that it is no longer so immediately real and triggering to us. While the memory remains, facing it becomes significantly less difficult. 

The number of sessions is determined by many factors, including the type of problem, your personal circumstances and the amount of trauma.  

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