Science and Research

The AIP Model

EMDR is based on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model.  EMDR therapy is like giving your brain a cast when it's injured. Just like when you break a bone, your body works hard to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little extra support to do its job properly. Similarly, when something bad happens, like a scary experience or painful memory, your brain may struggle to process it on its own- it gets stuck. EMDR acts like a cast, providing support and guidance to help your brain process and heal from the injury. With the right tools, techniques and guidance from an experienced counselor, your brain can heal itself, just like your body does when it’s hurt or sick.

The Neuroscience:  Rewiring the Brain

Neuroscience research indicates that EMDR therapy has significant effects on the brain's functioning and structure. EMDR therapy facilitates the processing of traumatic memories, leading to changes in brain activity in regions involved in memory processing and emotion regulation. EMDR also modulates the functioning of the amygdala, reducing its hyperactivity and diminishing the emotional intensity associated with upsetting memories. Additionally, EMDR therapy promotes neuroplasticity, fostering the brain's ability to reorganize and form new neural connections, contributing to the restructuring of neural networks associated with past experiences.

The Research Studies

Here are some key findings from research studies supporting the efficacy of EMDR therapy: