During a traumatic event, intense emotion interferes with our rational ability to process the experience.
Our body goes into survival mode, and the trauma becomes frozen in our right brain / central nervous system.
Recalling the traumatic event may feel as though the person is
re-living the trauma all over again. Unexpectedly the images, smells, sounds, and feelings are triggered in the present
moment. When activated, these memories cause a negative impact on our daily functioning and interfere with the way we
see ourselves, our world and how we relate to others.
EMDR therapy harnesses the power of the right brain where the traumatic memory is stored. By mindfully
tending to the body and its responses, EMDR allows slows down the left brain by focusing directly on the images, sounds, and
feelings associated with the trauma. After processing, the memory is still there, but it no longer interferes with our
After decades of experimentation
and research, the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
all recommend EMDR as the most effective way to treat symptoms of trauma and PTSD.