EMDR is an intensive procedure to unpleasant experiences. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that integrates several successful elements of other therapies in combination with a distracting stimulus (usually with the eyes follow a moving hand of the therapist). This makes that the information processing system in the brain is stimulated.
Technically speaking: we ensure optimal communication and imageintegration between the emotional brain and cognitive brain (the neocortex, in which functions as the conscious conscience, reflection, planning, attention, reasoning capabilities, language, concentration, etc. sit).
With EMDR it is not necessary to talk about the past for years. The therapeutic goals are achieved in a relatively short time. There are now 17 controlled trials of the effectiveness of EMDR. This makes EMDR currently the most evaluated treatment in the area of trauma. The powerful and quick operation of this form of therapy has even led to the nickname “power therapy”


What’s the problem?

What happens to you after a particularly frightening or painful experience? Instead of getting over it, you get stuck. This can lead to changes in how you feel, how you think and how you act. You may not even realize that the changes are related to the event, until you consider how it was before. The memory itself can also cause problems. For example, experiencing annoying images or thoughts that have to do with the event.

What events can cause processing problems?image


  • Abuse
  • Witnesses of violence
  • Fire
  • car accident
  • rape or sexual assault
  • loss of a beloved
  • diagnosis of a serious illness
  • Robbery
  • loss of a job
  • natural disaster
  • accident, injury or illness

Types of complaints that anyone may have after a shocking experience:

  • Reliving of the experience
  • Avoiding the experience
  • Stress
  • Shame of guilt
  • Bad mood
  • Depression
  • Worrying
  • Fears
  • Poor self-image
  • Panic
  • Sleep problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Unexplained physical complaints

The solution

How do you get rid of these symptoms? Many experts think that the only way is “to retrieve and process the annoying reminder”. This can be done in different ways. One is EMDR.