By Yaffa Greenbaum, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Although no one can say for sure how or why this method works, it is a well- researched method that has proven effective in helping individuals see disturbing events in a new way. When a traumatic event happens to an individual, certain smells, feelings, sounds and images associated with the trauma can bring back the traumatic memories and cause the individual to relive the event. Recalling and reliving these events can severely disrupt people’s lives, impact negatively on how they see the world around them, and create difficulties in relationships. EMDR ”reprocesses” the brain functions so that these stimuli do not have such an impact on the individual. The event is still remembered but is not so traumatic. EMDR may also help with phobias, posttraumatic stress, anxiety disorders and many other difficulties when used with ongoing therapy.