EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that is designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.  EMDR helps students at Kolob Canyon heal as they process difficult traumatic events and life experiences.  Studies have shown that psychological or emotional trauma can be stored in our brains just like physical trauma can be stored in our bodies.  The EMDR Institute explains (www.emdr.com), "When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain's information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using specific and detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR sessions, therapists help their clients activate their nature healing processes."  All of the clinicians at Kolob Canyon are certified in EMDR or are working toward their EMDR certification.