EMDR is based on the theory that people have disturbing experiences in their life in which they retain negative beliefs about themselves leaving them feeling “stuck.”  

It could be, “I’m not good enough,” or “I am not safe,” etc. These negative beliefs affect how people look at their lives and how they interact with others.

Theory Behind EMDR



Maintaining confidentiality is one of the many responsibilities psychotherapists have to protect our clients so we are not able to share much of what we do for work with anyone. People often will guess what we do, but are never given the full picture. We found this article and share it with loved ones so they could see what we have the honor of witnessing on a regular basis with our clients. Please read with caution as the writer shares his own traumatic life experience. 

EMDR is based on a theory that suggests when a person finds themselves to feel “stuck”, the left and right sides of the brain no longer communicate around the negative belief, making it harder for some traditional therapies to have an effect.  

How does EMDR work?

EMDR includes 8 phases of treatment, some of which are similar to other types of therapy including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Those that are different center around using bilateral stimulation.  

By stimulating both the left and right side of the brain, while a therapist guides a client through recalling a disturbing experience, allows for reprocessing and healing to take place.  

Bilateral stimulation can occur using eye movements, following a therapist’s fingers from left to right, watching a light from one eye to the other, listening to sounds from one ear to the other, or using a tapping method. 


What are the benefits of EMDR compared to other therapies?

EMDR can often alleviate emotional distress and show results faster than most traditional forms of therapy.

This is because bilateral stimulation helps clients to rapidly get “unstuck” and complete the processing of a memory or fear so healing and growth can take place.

Due to EMDR relying on processing happening in the brain, less talking is required than in other forms of therapy.

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