Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach proven to be effective in treating mental blocks (as it relates to sports), disturbing memories, a trauma that could be the result of physical abuse or disturbing life experiences (i.e. war) but also panic attacks, phobias, and much more.

EMDR is not considered a long-term therapy as many single-trauma victims report a healthy recovery within 3-4 sessions. However, most therapists find results after 8-10 sessions.

In the session, the client and the clinician decide which memory to target and then by using eye movement (bilateral stimulation) the clinician engages a mechanism involved in the REM (yes, the sleep stage) to reprocess the memory or disturbing feeling. I know it sounds complex but what the client experience in session is fairly simple.

EMDR does not dig deep into the client’s psychological mechanisms as other therapies do but it does mitigate the invasiveness of recurring traumatic events that make life very difficult for trauma victims.

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