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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

The effectiveness of EMDR is found in the bilateral stimulation or the activation of each side of the brain while retelling a trauma narrative. The process is similar to the natural process the brain experiences during REM sleep while you dream. The difference is that you are awake and in control. The first few sessions focus on building safety or things that will help to calm you down should you need them. As the session progress, the client and therapist work through progressively more intense memories until even the most devastating memory no longer has power over you. EMDR is a great choice for people that tend to get activated quickly in their trauma and have a difficult time coming back down. If disassociation or a dream-like state occurs when experiencing trauma, different techniques or neurofeedback should be use first.