"Today more than 20 scientifically controlled studies of EMDR have proven its effectiveness in the treatment of traumatic and other disturbing life experiences" (Shapiro).
EMDR stands for eye movement, desensitization, reprocessing. It is a research based treatment to help individuals process and reprocess traumatic experiences. When someone experiences a traumatic experience, they can either enter into a fight, flight or freeze response. It's important to know that no one responds to trauma well and everyone responds to trauma differently.
Research shows that when an individual is able to receive social support and process the disturbing event within the first 3 months, the negative impact it has on their socio/emotional health is greatly reduced. But not everyone handles challenging moments in such ways, due to various factors, whether temperament, lack of support systems, and cultural influences. The good news is that it's never too late to work through trauma.
You may have found that past incidents have impacted the way you view yourself and how your view those around you. As a trained EMDR therapist with EMDRIA, I've seen the positive impact it has made for clients. To learn more on what EMDR therapy is, view this video from EMDRIA, who holds the highest standards for clinical use of EMDR.