Trauma therapy with EMDR and Somatic EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and was discovered and developed in the US by Francine Shapiro for trauma therapy.

With this method, the left and right halves of the brain are alternately stimulated (bilateral stimulation), resulting in a synchronization of both halves of the brain. This is accomplished through certain guided eye movements, audible signals and/or tactile stimulation. The result is the gradual processing of the trauma which often leads to its complete resolution. The memories of painful traumatic events are not deleted but processed in such a way that they end up being merely neutral information.

EMDR is one of today’s fastest and most effective trauma therapeutic techniques, which has been proven in many independent studies. It is therefore used worldwide as an essential part of trauma therapy.

A newer approach to treating trauma is Somatic EMDR, which combines EMDR with Somatic Experiencing. When used together these two cutting-edge modalities help to process trauma and reduce emotional distress while simultaneously reconnecting the body with safety and agency.