Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a powerful trauma therapy that was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the 80s. While it isn’t entirely clear how EMDR therapy works, it is assumed that the eye movements trigger the brain like REM sleep. In REM sleep, our brain utilizes both hemispheres to process images, thoughts, body sensations and emotions that we experience throughout the day in the form of dreams. Through the dream state, our brain sorts, categorizes and filters this information into long-term and short-term memory files. With EMDR Therapy, the 8 stage process allows our brain to make sense of information and by processing it, we are able to think about traumatic situations without the emotional intensity we have previously experienced. In addition to traditional EMDR protocols, I also have advanced training in utilizing this approach for addictive and compulsive behaviors. In my clinic, I use this powerful therapy to target food addiction and binge eating behaviors with tremendous results.