EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR facilitates the assessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution.
EMDR combined with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can be a very effective form of therapy. It is often successful because while EMDR targets the root causes of the thinking and behavior, CBT addresses current thinking and habits that are negatively affecting a person’s mental health.
EMDR Definitions to Know
Trauma – a deeply distressing or disturbing experience
Attachment Trauma – failed attachment, whether caused by abuse, neglect, or emotional unavailability on the part of the caretaker, can negatively impact brain structure and function, causing developmental or relational trauma.