An eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy program, or an EMDR therapy program, draws on the brain\u2019s innate ability to heal itself and form new connections. A therapist trained in the EMDR approach will be able to tap into the link between eye movement and memory processing. From there, they can assist you with multiple issues at trauma and PTSD treatment centers.\r\nWho Benefits Most From An EMDR Therapy Program?\r\nBecause eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is based on reprocessing of memories, individuals who may benefit most from EMDR have experienced trauma or have other behavioral health concerns related to memories. EMDR is most commonly associated with the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but can also be used in the treatment of:\r\n\r\n \tPhobias\r\n \tSubstance use disorders\r\n \tGrief\r\n \tPanic disorders\r\n \tAnxiety disorders that require an anxiety disorder treatment center\r\n \tBorderline personality disorder\r\n\r\nEMDR can also help anyone who has experienced trauma even if they have not been officially diagnosed with PTSD.\r\nWhat Is EMDR Therapy?\r\nNow you might be wondering, "What is EMDR therapy anyway?" Positive results can become apparent rapidly during a session in an EMDR therapy program. The therapy itself follows eight stages of treatment:\r\n\r\n \tLearning the individual\u2019s history\r\n \tEstablishing a baseline ability to cope with distress\r\n \tSelecting a vivid, visual memory to address\r\n \tIdentifying a negative self-belief associated with that memory\r\n \tIdentifying other emotions and physical sensations associated with that memory, including a positive belief\r\n \tProcessing the memory using EMDR\r\n \tKeeping a weekly log to track progress\r\n \tEvaluating progress\r\n\r\nFrom there, your therapist will determine if you need additional mental health treatment programs.\r\nHow Does EMDR Work?\r\nAn EMDR therapy program aims to replicate the eye movements made during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This is the phase in the sleep cycle when your brain processes events of the day. Then, your brain stores them in memory. When your brain processes events correctly, emotions associated with them should fade away. It\u2019s like when you go to sleep angry and frustrated, and then wake up feeling \u201cback to normal.\u201d\r\n\r\nSometimes the events of the day are too much for the brain to handle, and these disturbing or traumatic events aren\u2019t processed properly. As a result, your brain revisits those events often (i.e., during flashbacks) and the emotions associated with those events also linger.\r\n\r\nAn EMDR therapy program helps the brain to reprocess those disturbing events and to thus let go of the emotions associated with them. As part of this individual therapy program, the negative memory is processed and paired with a positive self-belief, such as \u201cI am stronger now.\u201d The therapy is repeated as needed in order to target and process all specific memories related to a traumatic event.