What is EMDR?

According to the EMDR International Association Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. Approximately 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies. Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.

Information from the EMDRIA Website

www.emdria.com www.emdr.org

Although EMDR is used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome it has also been used to treat many symptoms such as panic attacks, grief and loss, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, stress reduction, addictions, issues of sexual and/or physical abuse, addictions and many other psychiatric issues as well as disturbing memories . EMDR is not hypnosis and during the EMDR process the client is completely awake. The therapist is not making any suggestions or directing your thoughts and the client remains in control. EMDR therapy relies on your own beliefs and values using the brain’s natural healing abilities.

EMDR was developed in 1987 and since that time has been extensively researched and found to be the most effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and it has been endorsed by the Veterans Association, the American Psychological Association and many other credentialing organizations. It is used worldwide and also used with the Humanitarian Assistance Program. It is estimated that well over 2 million people have had success in reducing psychological distress and have enhanced their performance with EMDR therapy. It will not remove memories but allows one to process their thoughts and feelings without having to talk about the traumatizing event in great detail. It will not erase the memory but help you to not associate negative beliefs about yourself with that event or a future event.

Why use a certified EMDR therapist? The Certified EMDR therapist has significant additional EMDR experience and training beyond the basic level I and 1 Level II training that is required to be able to perform EMDR therapy. The certification process has been developed by the EMDR International Association in an effort to provide the public with skilled practitioners of EMDR.