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Trauma and EMDR

Trauma is an emotional response to a disturbing life event that is beyond a person’s natural ability to process. It can be a major event like an accident, an assault, a natural disaster, or the death of a loved one. Trauma can also include less dramatic experiences that might have occurred during a person’s childhood but still overwhelmed the brain’s capacity to adaptively process the memory. When traumatic events overwhelm the brain’s processing system, the memory becomes stored in a way that retains negative emotions, beliefs, and physical sensations.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based therapy that accesses the brain’s natural ability to adaptively process and store information from traumatic memories. When a memory is reprocessed and adaptively stored, the level of disturbance from the negative beliefs, emotions, and sensations is reduced.

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Helpful Books and Articles:

Can You Benefit from EMDR Therapy?
Getting Past Your Past
EMDR Essentials

Helpful Websites:

EMDR International Association
Maiberger Institute