EMDR: dealing with trauma, loss, or anxiety effectively

I have added EMDR to my therapeutic toolbox. EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a powerful tool for relieving the distress of anxiety, trauma, and loss. I continue to be awed by the amazing ability of clients to recover from traumatic incidents, to relieve anxious responses to something around them, or come to terms with the loss of loved ones.

EMDR arrived on the scene in 1989. It is considered an evidentiary based treatment for many mental health concerns. We don’t know why it works -- only that it does. It is commonly used to treat trauma resulting from natural disasters, combat, or with firefighters and police officers. But it also works on test anxiety, public speaking fears, or grief.

Somehow this tool allows us to rewire responses that no longer benefit us -– those responses that leave us anxious, sad, or scared. If you or a loved one has difficulty driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, speaking before groups, or taking a test in school, this may be the answer you’ve been looking for!