Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy is an evidence-based, multiphase, integrative trauma therapy that helps people heal from past traumatic and overwhelming experiences. This therapy is considered a recommended choice for the treatment of trauma by many mental health organizations. EMDR addresses the ways in which our brains have reacted to traumatic information. When we experience traumatic or overwhelming events they are not stored in the same way that normal memories are. They tend to be held in fragmented and disturbing ways that do not integrate into our brains in the way that non-threatening experiences do. Because this information is stored in a dysfunctional way, it feels "stuck" and can affect many different areas of our lives, especially the way we experience the world and others, our beliefs, and our emotional well-being. The EMDR process works to activate our natural ability to process and integrate traumatic memories. While we are not able to get rid of these memories, we are able to remember the story without the same degree of emotional overwhelm that was so deeply affecting our lives before. EMDR therapy not only desensitizes us to memories, but also allows us to reprocess all aspects of negative, or maladaptive information into more helpful, healthy, and useful information. This changes our emotional experience of the event/events and allows us to come to more adaptive, helpful, and resilient conclusions about what happened. The natural result of this process is a reduction in emotional suffering and the ability to move forward in our lives. While this therapy was originally designed to address trauma, it has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of disorders other than trauma, including depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, and more.