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.
EMDR therapy has been the subject of more controlled research than all other treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) combined. A total of 17 controlled studies have been completed in University, Veterans Administration, HMO and other settings. A number of meta-analyses have evaluated these controlled studies and compared EMDR therapy's effects with those of prolonged imaginal exposure and other methods.
EMDR therapy has been found to be more rapid, efficient or comprehensive in treating symptoms caused by trauma than behavior therapy, biofeedback, active listening or standard cognitive and analytic treatments.
As a result of the extensive research evidence, EMDR therapy is recognized as an empirically supported method of treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, the US Department of Defense, the US Veterans Administration, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and government agencies in countries around the world.For more information about EMDR therapy, the following links provide information and resources and research for both clients and professionals: