Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
"The past affects the present even without our being aware of it".
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a integrative psychotherapeutic model that alleviates distress caused by trauma. Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) is used to activate the brain in order to process distressing cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms that have become "stuck". BLS is simply alternating left-right stimulation of the brain and body though eye movements, sounds, hand pulses or tapping. This allows for the brain to process information fully, not just through the amygdala or "fight/flight/freeze" center of the brain.
EMDR has been extensively researched and is recognized by multiple organizations, including The World Health Organization and The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, as an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There is also a body of empirical research supporting the efficacy of EMDR therapy to treat anxiety, depression, addictions and a long list of other conditions.