Family of origin trauma leaves scars. These scars from the past can run interference in present day events. Patterns of the past and reactions to memories often compromise a person's ability to create a good future. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well researched therapy for trauma survivors. EMDR provides a client with the opportunity to visualize and revisit past traumatic events as a spectator and a particpant, drawing new conclu-sions and acheiving resolution.
Human brains are the original computers. Our brains store memories by linking what is similar. A person’s frown that follows with gnashed teeth and a fist, becomes stored. New events that show a glimpse of this type of angry, frus-trated expression and gesture become associated with the earlier event. We have resources that enable us to draw conclusions without needing to relearn the new information. It is our storage system that makes this expediency possible. Sometimes our storage system works against us. Trauma survivors have over-worked storage systems. When these systems are activated, physiology kicks in and makes the new event doomed.
EMDR treats the storage, making it possible and probable that the person will treat each new situation as just that – a new situation - even though this new current event may have aspects of a historical one.
“Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others. Therefore, our relationships, job performance, what we are willing to do or are able to resist, all move in a positive direc-tion.” ― Francine Shapiro, Creator of EMDR and author of Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.