Here at Wonderfully Made, we believe God is the answer to all our problems and the Creator who sees everything. The Holy Spirit is our one true counselor and healer. We also believe God has created different tools to help us as we cope with battles of the mind here on earth. Today we’re taking you on a journey of what eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is and how it has been used to help some people heal from trauma. The above video is an example of EDMR therapy being practiced by Dr. Amen with a woman who has experienced traumatic events that have caused anxiety which has interfered with her quality of life.
Below is some more information about EDMR.
“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This therapy uses eye movements (or sometimes rhythmic tapping) to change the way a memory is stored in the brain, allowing you to process it. This therapy aims to help you work through painful memories with your body’s natural functions to recover from the effects of trauma.”
Some people including girls and women in our own community have experienced greater healing from trauma with EDMR. With anything, we encourage you do your own research, pray and ask God to give you wisdom as you seek relief from difficult past experiences. If you choose to pursue this form of therapy it is very important to have discernment, work with a trained professional, and find someone you feel safe with who ideally has a Biblical worldview.
While we do not have all the answers to the problems we face here on earth, we have a God who does. He gives each person gifts and callings to help benefit each other and bring us closer together. If you find yourself struggling with similar challenges to Tish Cyrus, maybe EMDR is a way God may work in your life. We are not speaking as mental health practitioners or professionals promoting specific practices. Rather, our team is here to show you the different tools God has used in others’ lives to help them on their healing journey.
To research more about EDMR including the benefits and potential side effects read this article and talk to your trusted health care professional, psychiatrist and/or counselor.
If you think this form of therapy may be helpful to you consider reaching out to Christian-based counseling practices such as Cornerstone Christian Counseling to learn more.