As Bernstein explains, “So you’re either listening to a song that has a tone in the right ear, and then a tone in the left ear, or you have buzzers in either hand, or you’re looking back and forth. The thesis is that if your eyes are going back and forth, or you have a stimulus in either ear, it’s opening up your brain’s capacity to reprocess old storylines, and in the present moment, undo that story. ”
EMDR focuses on past events that have laid the groundwork for dysfunction, the current circumstances that elicit distress, and imaginal templates of future events. This type of therapy, and the successful studies that have come from it, shows that people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy through EMDR practices. The EMDR Institutefounded by psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., has a plethora of information on EMDR therapy as well as resources, if you’re interested in exploring it further.
Bernstein recommends seeking out an EMDR therapist if you can, but there are practices you can do at home, too. Enter, Bernstein’s “rage on the page,” technical journaling.