For thousands of years of human history, we have used bilateral stimulation such as drumming as part of healing ceremonies. EMDR taps into your innate ability to heal using bilateral stimulation activating the left and right hemispheres of your brain. The processing can lead to the release of trauma in your body, mind, and spirit and the emergence and integration of new understandings, a felt sense of relief in the body and emotional regulation.
I completed my EMDR training through the Parnell Institute which specializes in Attachment-Focused EMDR. “In addition to the treatment of PTSD, EMDR is a somatic intervention to treat the psychological effects of smaller traumas that manifest in symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, creativity blocks, and relationship difficulties. Not only does healing occur much more rapidly than in traditional therapy, but as a result of EMDR’s clearing of emotional and physical blockages, many people also experience a sense of joy, openness, and deep connection with others.” (Parnell website)