Explanation of EMDR

When a trauma occurs, it seems to get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts and feelings. The eye movements or other bilateral stimulation used in EMDR seem to unlock the nervous system and allow the mind and body to process the experience. That may be what is happening in REM or dream sleep- the eye movements help to process the unconscious material. It is important to remember that it is your own brain that will be doing the healing and that you are the one in control.
- Laurel Parnell

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