As the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) states, “EMDR is a psychotherapy for PTSD. EMDR can help you process upsetting memories, thoughts, and feelings related to the trauma. By processing these experiences, you can get relief from PTSD symptoms. After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as:
If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
After trauma, people with PTSD often have trouble making sense of what happened to them. EMDR helps you process the trauma, which can allow you to start to heal. When using EMDR to process trauma, you will pay attention to a back-and-forth movement or sound while you think about the upsetting memory long enough for it to become less distressing. You will not tell “your story” over and over, in great detail in order to become desensitized to the trauma – that is not how it works.