The brain has mechanisms to heal itself naturally in the same way the body does. Much of this occurs during sleep, in particular during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) deep sleep. EMDR Therapy utilises this natural process.
The brain cannot process traumatic or stressful experiences as it normally would through sleep, talking it through and the passage of time. The memory becomes “frozen in time” and continues to be disturbing when we think about it. Such memories have a lasting effect and interfere with the way we see the world and relate to other people, often creating avoidance of places or people that trigger the memories.
EMDR Therapy has a positive effect on how the brain processes information. Following an EMDR Therapy session, people no longer relive the trauma or feel disturbed when they think about it. Flashbacks and nightmares cease. They still recall what happened, but it is not as upsetting.