Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) was developed in the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro, PhD. EMDR was originally proven as an effective method to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Current research has validated EMDR therapy as a successful treatment for a range of mental health issues that result from devastating life experiences, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. During EMDR, patients “process” the painful memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution.
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (a patient’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements). These rapid eye movements diminish the power of emotionally-charged experiences of past traumatic events. EMDR therapy reduces and eliminates individual’s problematic symptoms by focusing on changing the way a memory is stored in the brain. This “breakthrough” allows individuals the chance to let go of the past and experience a happier, healthier outlook.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can repair psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. EMDR is an empirically validated treatment for trauma and is shown to have an 80% success rate. Typical EMDR treatment lasts 6-12 treatments.
The positive therapeutic outcomes rapidly achieved by EMDR therapy establishes that it is an effective treatment approach with a wide range of applications including:
▪Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
▪Body Dysmorphic Disorders