EMDR has proven to be the key to unlocking stuck points for many people.
As moments become “frozen in time” during a traumatic experience or rutted thoughts, the brain does not process normally. Memory gets split into pieces and the issue does not get resolved. In a way, EMDR is similar to a computer “de-fragmenting.” The brain wants the person to be at peace and not be stuck in destructive or disturbing patterns or behaviour or thoughts. This is done through a process of “bi-lateral stimulations” of the brain using tapping, eye movements, sounds or pulsars. The process does not alter any sense of reality and is not like hypnosis or any other form of altered state.
ART — Accelerated Resolution Therapy works directly to reprogram the way distressing memories and images are stored in the brain. Beth Murray and Annika Schaefer are trained in ART and find it very helpful for use with trauma, PTSD, Phobias, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Addiction.
So what’s the difference between EMDR and ART? Although similar, they work differently and both are proven effective. EMDR is more thought driven and ART is more focused on somatic and emotional aspects. If you are interested in ART, a brief consult with Beth or Annika can help decide if ART is right for you.