EMDR therapy is a special way that therapists help people feel better when they have sad or scary memories. It stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy.
When we have a bad experience or something scary happens, our brain doesn’t always process it the way it should. This can cause us to have feelings like sadness, fear or anger. EMDR therapy helps our brain process these memories in a healthy way so that they don’t make us feel so sad or scared anymore.
During an EMDR therapy session, a therapist will help you talk about the memory that is making you feel sad. They might ask you to think about it while you follow their finger with your eyes as they move it back and forth. This is called bilateral stimulation and it helps your brain process the memory in a healthy way.
It’s a bit like when you watch a movie and it makes you feel scared or sad, but afterwards you feel better. After an EMDR therapy session, you might feel like the memory doesn’t bother you as much or that you can think about it without feeling as sad.
EMDR therapy can also be helpful for people who have depression. Depression is when you feel sad or down for a long time and it can be hard to shake off. EMDR therapy can help you process the memories that might be contributing to your depression and help you learn to think about them in a different way.
It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and it’s okay to talk to a therapist if you are feeling sad or scared. EMDR therapy is a safe and effective way to help you feel better.