Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the most well researched and clinically effective protocols for the treatment of trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also effectively used for a number of other trauma-related symptoms, including phobias, panic, anxiety, depression, anger, sleep disturbance, addictions, and flashbacks.
EMDR is a procedure used in psychotherapy to reduce the impact of past experiences that continue to intrude in the present-day. For example, even though we know that a traumatic event happened in the past, it becomes impossible for us to think about it without starting to feel emotions and other sensations that occurred at the time of the original experience. Or, you may find yourself being frequently triggered with intense emotion but not knowing why you are reacting so strongly. And if there is prior life trauma, it is possible that you may be reacting, at least in part, to old wounds.
EMDR works by integrating the old outdated information that has been stored maladaptively in the mind with new, more adaptive information. When this happens, many of the symptoms described above are resolved