EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a form of therapy for people who continue to suffer from the consequences of shocking experience(s). Examples of a shocking event are: a serious traffic accident, sexual assault, or a violent incident. We call these traumatic experiences. A common complaint is that people who have experienced such shocking events often repeatedly have thoughts, images, or memories relating to the event, without wanting to.
EMDR helps to make these memories less distressing. In some cases EMDR can also be used to treat other complaints.
Everyone has in his or her brain a part that we call our working memory. You use this, for example, to solve maths. Or to retrieve memories. Our working memory has a limited capacity. Because of the double demand being placed on your working memory when playing an EMDR game, you will experience that a certain (internal) distance is created toward the unpleasant memory. The memory becomes therefore less lively and less emotionally charged. The memory is then, once again, stored in memory, but now in a less lively and less unpleasant way. The next time you retrieve that memory, it will feel more vague and less troubling.
This app is meant as a supporting tool during therapy. If you are experiencing traumatic memories, please contact ARQ.