Quite often, some trauma therapies can be in and of themselves traumatising. This is generally not true of EMDR. EMDR has the goal of allowing you to re-experience the memories that caused the trauma while gradually reducing the emotion attached to them. Our aim is to re-process these memories without any emotional attachment, therefore, releasing the grip they have on the present and leaving them, as they should be, as part of the past. The effects of this treatment can be profound in the release that can be experienced. The memories themselves cannot be altered but our reaction to them can and, by changing our reaction to them, this can leave us free to move forward in life with optimism and hope.