Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions. Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically and, in 1989, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Since then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
Please visit the EMDRIA website to learn more.
How does EMDR work? Click to download the document from EMDRIA
What kind of problems can EMDR treat?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians have also reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief,
Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories
Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety,
Stress Reduction, Addictions
Sexual and/or Physical Abuse,
Body Dysmorphic Disorders, Personality Disorders
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