EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapy technique of therapy designed to help people overcome the negative impact of traumatic experiences. Imagine your brain as a computer that processes and stores memories. When you experience trauma, it's like your computer has stored a corrupted file, which causes distress and emotional pain whenever you try to access it.
EMDR aims to help your brain "reprocess" that corrupted file by guiding you to revisit the traumatic memory in a safe and controlled environment. During EMDR therapy, the therapist will use a technique called "bilateral stimulation" to help you better process the memory. This involves the therapist guiding your eyes to move back and forth or using other forms of stimulation, like tapping or auditory tones, while you focus on the troubling memory.
As you experience the bilateral stimulation, it's like the therapist is helping your brain defragment the corrupted file, allowing you to reprocess the memory in a healthier way. Over time, this process can reduce the emotional pain and distress associated with the memory, helping you feel more comfortable and in control.