This stimulation of the left and right cortex during the treatment inspires us to self-regulate, to gain some control over our thoughts and memories, and to begin the healing process from trauma, sadness, or stress.
For more detailed information about this technique, please see: http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
Children will typically have a parent with them when they undergo EMDR therapy. The parent will sit next to the child, or hold them in their lap, as they hold “buzzies” in their hands, shoes, or socks. This process only lasts 20 minutes, and the rest of my session with the child is focused on play therapy or family therapy.