Many people have heard of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and know just enough to request it. However, I’m a huge fan of transparency and I think it’s helpful for everyone in the room to have a basic understanding of what we’re after when we’re doing trauma work. There are many wonderful descriptions of EMDR, like this one that doesn’t need any improvement, so I will pass on providing a full description.
That said, many basic principles of EMDR are helpful for anyone with an interest in trauma, and therapy in general. I think this is true of any therapy*, so I wanted to started this “5 things about” series to introduce different models and pieces of that can be helpful to trauma survivors and clinicians alike.