Should You Try EMDR at Home?
How EMDR worksEMDR works by creating balance in the brain through simultaneous stimulation. The theory of EMDR is that trauma, anxiety, or panic, is one sided in the brain. Creating balance helps the brain calm down. While creating that balance, a therapist can help their patient reframe the moment which is causing the distress. Quite literally, a patient goes into their own mind and paints a different picture, completely changing their perception of the triggering moment. First, a therapist has the patient recall the triggering moment and recreate the exact circumstances as best possible, despite any stress or discomfort. The therapist then uses one of many techniques for simultaneous stimulation, engaging both the left and right sides of the brain. Meanwhile, the patient recreates the imagery of their triggering moment again, but with a positive twist. Therapists ask patients to find a way to make the moment feel safe, resolved, and change anything else about the moment which feels triggering. Upon trying to recall the initial experience again, patients are surprised to find that their reinvented version of the event is the only version they can recall.
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