Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
In the words of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, noted psychiatrist and trauma specialist:
"Trauma is not stored as a narrative with an orderly beginning, middle and end."
Therefore effective therapy will help to integrate memory systems for the client. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is founded on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model. It is a process by which the client begins to be able to maintain dual attention or simultaneous awareness of present safety with past trauma. The core princple behind EMDR is a belief in the human being's natural ability to process and resolve disturbing and often traumatic life experiences. EMDR works to move reactive, maladaptive, disturbed sentiment override to more realistic, manageable and objective mindsight. The result is an objective perception of "that was then" and "this is now". This is achieved through a protocol which stimulates both the right and left sides of the brain intermittently so that the whole brain is accessible and working to process and desensitize complex memory systems.
Many clients and clinicians alike are often impressed and even surprised by how quickly the EMDR approach can transform disturbing feelings and dysfunctional memory systems into something far more manageable and adaptive.
For more information on EMDR click the following links:
EMDR International Association
EMDR Therapist Network