Earlier this week, I sent someone an article that I appreciate:
The Best Drug I’ve Ever Taken Wasn’t Even a Drug. It was EMDR Therapy by Adam Copland.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and it’s a highly effective treatment for trauma. I have also done it, and it changed my physiology in significant and beneficial ways.
It’s also a helpful form of therapy for people who 1) want an experience that is somatic (reorganizing the body’s reactions to trauma, stress, and anxiety) and 2) want to do less talking with a therapist (though this can be part of it too if desired), particularly if it’s hard to put emotions into words.
We have all gone through significant stress during this pandemic. That alone has been a lot to manage. Then we think about anything personal and particular we’re experiencing, or the sense that we’ve been in collective crisis at least since 2016, and this… has been a lot. I want to recommend EMDR as one possible modality to work through these things.