EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a form of therapy that has been proven to enable one to quickly move through and reprocess traumatic events. EMDR is based on the fact that when a traumatic event occurs, it gets lodged or "stuck" in the nervous system such that one tends to react to situations in later life as though one were still going through the trauma.
In an EMDR session, one is asked to focus on a vivid image of a negative/traumatic event as if, for example, one were viewing it on a movie screen, and the current negative belief about oneself resulting from that event, while undergoing sets of bilateral stimulation. During EMDR, a "shift" takes place whereby the old psychological material becomes dislodged so that one is no longer hampered or crippled by one's personal history. This shift allows one to approach life with a new energy, freshness, and openness. Clients typically report feelings of lightness, freedom, and lack of bodily tension for the first time in their lives.
As a certified EMDR therapist, Lisa E. Haberman, J.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W. uses the benefits of EMDR to help clients heal wounds stemming from childhood or later life, gain freedom from disturbing memories, and transform negative behaviors and beliefs. Through the FSAP--Feeling State Addictions Protocol of EMDR, Ms Haberman has helped clients heal not only trauma, but also, addictions, compulsions, and codependency issues.