EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a therapeutic model that has been proven to be highly effective for those who have experienced trauma as well as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc.
During trauma, our brains can process and stores memories incorrectly. This incorrect storage can lead to past memories feeling very present. Related or unrelated triggering stimuli can lead to us reacting as we did at the time of trauma.
The brain experiences past disturbing events as if they were currently happening. EMDR therapy corrects this mis-storage so that the painful memories associated with the trauma become less intense and disturbing. We can then react to stimuli in the present without the past interfering.
It is generally asserted that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma at an accelerated pace. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the immediate benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.