Therapist: Sharon Tedder
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.
During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Therapist directed lateral eye movements are the most commonly used external stimulus but a variety of other stimuli including hand-tapping and audio stimulation are often used.
For a more complete description, visit EMDR.com.
I suffer from depression on and off. I have all my life. But a misfortunate event took me into the deepest and darkest place I had ever been and I struggled for five years. I tried all the things I thought would help me heal: counseling, granting forgiveness, reading books. Those things helped me a little, but I just could not move forward. I felt stuck.