Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a type of a short-term psychotherapy that helps in healing emotional distress caused by traumatic events or experiences. EMDR utilizes different forms of bilateral stimulation, such as side-to-side eye movement, tapping on the hands or arms, buzzers in hands, and headphones with beeps. The bilateral stimulation has to go from left to right which simulates the way our brain processes thoughts and memories which helps in reliving and reconstructing the disturbing memory with more control and in a safe environment.

EMDR was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro who had discovered the effects of eye movements used in EMDR while she was taking a walk one day. She noticed that the distressing thoughts she had been having being disappearing and when she tried recalling them, they seemed less charged. In this manner, EMDR uses similar brain mechanisms to those in REM sleep (the interval of sleep associated with processing our memories and emotions, as well as dreaming).

EMDR is an eight-phase approach that consists of history & treatment planning, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and re-evaluation. EMDR can be used as a part of therapy for patients with PTSD, CPTSD, dissociative disorders, addictions, and anxiety.

  1. July 13, 2018

    By experts opinion that EMDR was first tested and used to treat persons who had suffered severe traumas (for example rape, war, and/or childhood abuse). EMDR is used to treat a wide range of conditions. By the way, the reading is really helpful. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  2. July 15, 2018

    EMDR is first tested and used to treat persons who had suffered severe traumas for example: rape, war, and/or childhood abuse. The therapy was found to be extremely effective in helping trauma victims whether or not they had been previously treated with other approaches. It promotes the same benefits as those that occur during REM sleep, including the neutralization of negative, disturbing and unneeded psychological material while strengthening new learning, positive associations and pleasant memories.

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