How do eye movements during EMDR release negative feelings associated with trauma?

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I can attest to the wonderful results of using EMDR. For those of my clients who have chosen this therapeutic technique, it has helped them work through and recover from traumatic events. Along with hypnosis, EMDR is one of the most frequently used techniques in my practice. For those of you who aren’t sure what EMDR is, it’s short for: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. Below is a detailed explanation of what EMDR is and why it works. For those of you who need to pick up your kids or get to work or would rather have some part of you waxed than read my comprehensive exposition, then feel free to only read the abridged description below.

EMDR is mysterious and may initially sound like quackery, yet it’s the most researched and validated treatment for dealing with trauma there is. To start, you would describe to me in detail a persistently upsetting, emotionally charged traumatic event. I would direct your eye movements and facilitate this process. We would take multiple journeys together through this trauma and you would find that you’d experience less and less fear, anxiety, upset, and pain each time through. It can be exhausting, but you would eventually reach a place of much greater peace or even complete resolution. That trauma would no longer hold such a charge and therefore you would no longer feel so emotionally and physiologically tortured every time you thought of that past event or whenever you were faced with a similar or triggering situation. Those negative emotions, beliefs, and physiological responses associated with that memory would be released. You would be left with a new understanding and perspective that would lead you to healthier thoughts and behaviours.

Well, that’s the end of my blog. There is no long-winded explanation. If I’ve left you hanging or mildly irritated, feel free to contact me directly or read more in-depth information on EMDR on my web site.

Thank you for reading my blog and I wish you well.


Written by

Michelle Chaytors, B.Sc., M.A. Clinical Counsellor, Adlerian Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Certified EMDR Practitioner.

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