EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation And Reprocessing
What is EMDR and how does it work?
EMDR was originally developed as a trauma therapy
EMDR promotes brain change from three directions:
In EMDR we work with memories to change neural networks. Each time we remember something the memory is altered based on our mood, context and vantage point. In EMDR sessions we retrieve memories from the hippocampus into the pre frontal cortex, while in 'working memory' we can 'neutralise' the memory and re-encode it back into the hippocampus.
EMDR enables isolated trauma networks to be reintegrated and connected to more resourceful networks. This enables the trauma network to become more adaptive to new information and harder to trigger.