What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a thoroughly researched and effective treatment for post traumatic stress. Research shows that when trauma symptoms go untreated they can manifest as other problematic behaviors.
A typical EMDR session lasts 60 minutes. Prior to the EMDR session the therapist gathers pertinent history and nature of the concern. Through the use of bi-lateral stimulation (BLS), whether eye movements or alternate tapping, the therapist guides the client through the past disturbing memories and associated negative beliefs while maintaining an awareness of the present. The number of sessions necessary are individualized and based on type of problem, life circumstances and amount of previous trauma. Clients often report resolution of symptoms from the traumatic event, including anxiety and depression, within a few sessions.
EMDR has been found effective by the World Health Organization, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
The US Department of Health and Human Services and
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) both cite EMDR therapy as effective, evidence based practice.
How EMDR works courtesy of EMDRIA