EMDR is a trauma treatment approach applicable also to work with phobias, stress, anxiety and more. Work on management of self in relationships can be difficult to impossible if one has had a trauma - loosely defined as "a threat we're not prepared to handle" (Katie O'Shea, MS). Areas of possible traumatic impact for humans are childhood sexual or physical abuse, rape, marital violence, war, auto accident, natural dissasters, etc. Being able to pursue the best one can be in one's family system, workplace and community, let alone get over the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress are outcomes from doing the EMDR work. The benefits show up in one's ability to regulate better one's breathing, heart rate, sleep and to slow down thinking, e.g. One is more able to behave how one wants to behave in all one's relationship systems.