Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

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What is EMDR Therapy

Developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an alternative to traditional talk therapy that can provide rapid relief from stress and anxiety caused by overexertion, traumatic experiences, or disturbing life events.

It is a phased, scientifically validated psychotherapy approach based on the theory that present distress is generally due to disturbing events that have occurred in the past.

When an individual has unresolved memories about such traumas, they are unable to naturally process and integrate them within the central nervous system.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy (Shapiro, 2001) was initially developed in 1987 for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model (Shapiro 2007).

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How is EMDR therapy different from other therapies?

EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or
completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the
emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to
resume its natural healing process.

EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For
For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other

Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

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EMDR Therapy and How It Works

EMDR therapy has helped millions of people to treat PTSD, depression, psychological stress, and anxiety. EMDR is an extensively studied form of mental health therapy.