What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from traumatic experiences. We know that trauma is often trapped in the body which is why sometimes "talk therapy" is not enough to get some people unstuck. That is when EMDR can be very useful. In simple terms, a psychotherapist trained in EMDR moves his or her fingers in a back and forth motion as the client follows the movement with his or her eyes. This is called bilateral stimulation. It is not hypnosis. The client is fully conscious throughout the process.
Although not fully understood, it is believed that the eye movements mimic the state of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) that helps a person process the day's events while they are sleeping. During an EMDR session, the psychotherapist processes the client's distressing emotions and negative thoughts associated with the trauma, along with decreasing their physiological arousal upon conjuring up the image of the traumatic event. EMDR was created over 20 years ago and is recognized as a very effective form of psychotherapy for trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Dr. Rojas uses EMDR with clients recoverying from childhood abuse, infidelity, and other relational trauma.