During trauma or big events, our brain processes and stores memories. Sometimes, it stores them in a way that’s not very helpful to us, and can lead to thoughts like “I’m not good enough,” or “I’m unlovable.” This unhelpful storage can impact our present and future lives, and these ideas influence our emotions and thoughts moving forward.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) processing helps you break through these unhelpful beliefs about ourselves, and moves us toward an adaptive, emotionally healthy life.
EMDR uses a set of procedures to organize your positive and negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and emotions using bilateral stimulation. Similar to REM sleep, EMDR uses rapid eye movements, or alternate tapping to help you work through disturbing memories. During REM sleep, our brains process information in whatever way it wants. It harnesses your brain’s ability to constantly learn and change.
With EMDR, we work on identifying the negative beliefs about yourself (”I’m unlovable”), and create and build upon our positive beliefs (“I’m lovable”). By strengthening our positive beliefs, we can reprocess our memories and move them into the positive belief category.