EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative therapeutic approach to support adults and children who have experienced trauma, or painful situations. It is beneficial for any experience that feels like it is stuck, unprocessed, or creates negative aftershocks in your life. EMDR has been highly researched and has been utilized effectively with child abuse history, sexual trauma, first responders experiences, war and combat, harsh experiences at work or within relationships, domestic violence, and experiences of great shame or pain.
Sometimes clients have worked hard in talk therapy but still feel like some of the experience is "stuck" and there is a lack of peace. EMDR might be an approach that can benefit a client by allowing the client to "clean out" and reprocess memories and experiences that feel haunting and upsetting. EMDR can support clients in dealing with the unspoken, the wordless parts of experiences, such as body sensations, strong emotional reactions, terror, feelings of being trapped, etc.
One of the most important aspects of EMDR is that it is client driven. Nothing is done to the client, it is guided by the personalized story and needs of each individual client. Clients guide themselves into reprocessing (we call this "cleaning out") old material that has made a person feel stuck or damaged, and allows new growth and understanding within the healing process. It isn't denial, and it isn't drowning in the material so much a person can't find the ground, but it a careful healing approach that allows someone to make peace with the story of her/his life experiences and be able to live fully within the present moment.
If you are interested in this type of support, please feel free to contact us and we discuss this type of therapy further.