EMDR is an empirically proven psychotherapy that enables healing from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. This treatment is specifically used to treat anxiety, PTSD, and trauma.
Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can actively heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
This method is showing positive outcomes for individuals who struggle with trauma and anxiety disorders. At Highland Springs, a therapist specially trained in EMDR guides the client through the intervention using the person’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past trauma. This has proven to weaken the effect of negative emotions. Before and after each session the client is asked to rate their level of distress. EMDR may not be sufficient treatment when utilized alone, however it decreases the time in psychotherapy and symptom reduction often begins immediately.