EMDR is the acronym for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” It’s a method of trauma therapy used by health care professionals that mimics REM (rapid eye movement) sleep patterns. The purpose of this type of therapy is for the client to work through particularly difficult traumas such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or other particularly difficult events. It’s only been in the last 20 years that EMDR therapy has come to the forefront. Because it’s been so successful, many mental health professionals are beginning to utilize the EMDR techniques, which often involve the use of “bilateral music” where it pans gently from left to right.
Bilateral and EMDR music is meant to be listened to through head sets or ear buds. Most EMDR music fully pans from left to right. Some composers have taken their music and added a single percussion instrument or sound that pans left to right while the music plays in both speakers. Be sure to discuss with your health care practitioner which method of panning is best for you.
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- Joyful Life
- Joyful Heart
- Joyful Hope
- Love Abounds
- I AM
- Life Source
- Joyous Hope from album “Open Heaven” (Single Song $3.99)
- Wings of Spirit from album “Waves of Spirit” (Single Song $3.99)
- Abiding Love from album “Cleansing Fire” (Single Song $3.99)
- The Wedding from album “Into His Presence” (Single Song $3.99)
- Spirit Awakens from album “Open Gates” (Single Song $3.99)
- Regeneration from the album “528 Creative DNA” (Single Song $3.99)
Holly Cummings is a certified, level II, EMDR therapist. Her husband has also created EMDR music in the bilateral format. So, between the two of us, you have a variety of choices for EMDR music! You can contact Holly through her WEBSITE for more information on EMDR therapy. Here’s a little tidbit taken from her site about how she uses EMDR music:
Instructions for relaxing with Bilateral Music:
In order to combat stress and anxiety it’s important to learn to breathe! Slow, deep, quiet breathing (diaphramatic breathing) so that you SEE and FEEL your abdomen rise and fall with each in and out of your breath is key. Focus on breathing and enjoy the bilateral music. You can also enhance this experience by imagining a beautiful, safe place and being there in your mind. Make it as detailed as possible to help your mind buy into the idea that it’s real.
Instructions for working with physical pain:
Again, as with relaxation work, you need to focus on belly breathing AND also focus on the pain (which is usually what we try to avoid). Just notice the pain — even it is in several areas. Keep noticing the pain and when it moves or shifts just follow it and keep noticing. It is not unusual for the pain to move, shift, or change intensity. Whatever it does, simply notice it without judgement or a lot of thought as to what it means.
by Holly Cummings, LPC-MHSP