EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) is an internationally recognized and evidence proven therapy developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. Extensive research has been done demonstrating its effectiveness. This therapy combines imagery, mindfulness, and cognitive techniques in a structured treatment plan designed to meet each client’s specific treatment needs. EMDR therapy is often used in trauma counseling and in the treatment of anxiety and a myriad of other issues.
The process of doing EMDR therapy typically involves focus on a traumatic or disturbing memory while doing bilateral eye movements, listening to alternating tones, and/or holding tappers that create alternating vibrations in hands. This process enables the brain to resolve emotional trauma and gain insight into the circumstance in a way that is often more effective than traditional talk therapy.
EMDR therapy case conceptualization involves formulating a treatment plan that takes into account many aspects of development including attachment background, coping skills, internal and external resources and trauma history.
Only mental health professionals, who are licensed or eligible to be licensed to practice psychotherapy, are accepted for training by EMDR International Association approved training programs.
For more information about EMDR therapy, the following links provide information and resources and research for both clients and professionals: