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EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. Even the creator, Francine Shapiro, laments the name, wishing she had named it "Reprocessing Therapy". EMDR helps the nervous system heal from past (and future!) emotional and psychological experiences. Emotional and psychological stimuli that are "too much, too fast, or too soon (in development)" for a nervous system can get blocked in processing, leading to a host of unpleasant physical, emotional and psychological problems. Disturbances in sleeping, eating, anxiety, hypervigilance, depression, complicated grieving, shame, feeling angry all the time or overly angry, feeling afraid all the time or overly afraid, nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, can all be the result of unprocessed emotional stimuli wreaking havock on a nervous system. EMDR therapy utilizes the healing power of the human body, the improved communication between left brain and right brain, to help the body resolve and integrate distressing experiences, be they unhelpful thoughts, images, sensations, emotions or memories. 


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