EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequencing occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally wants to move toward mental and emotional health. If the system is blocked or overwhelmed by a disturbing event or series of events the emotional wound lingers producing distress in the present and leaves the original disturbing experiences unprocessed.
These memories are stored in the nervous system with all the emotions, sights, sounds, smells, and body feelings that occurred with the original experience. Since the brain is not able to process the experience adequately, the thoughts are often suppressed from consciousness. However, the distress lives on in the nervous system and can be triggered by present experiences.
EMDR therapy rapidly and effectively removes the blocks so healing can resume. It does this by doing two things. It first unlocks the negative thoughts and emotions and then allows the brain to process the experience.
As the memory is targeted and the eye movements applied, the memory is experienced in a new way. It allows internal associations to arise between the disturbing feelings and more adaptive thoughts leading to new perspectives and resulting in a more rapid resolution of the issue.
Damaged emotions are healed, limiting beliefs are transformed and past traumas big and small lose their power over the present. One moves from feeling powerless over their reactions to being able to take action and move forward with life.