Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1989 by Francine Shapiro. It is recommended by the World Health Organization and Veterans Affairs 2004, and has been determined to be an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association. EMDR therapy is considered to be safe, with fewer side effects than those of prescription medications. EMDR therapy has proven to be effective in treating trauma and PTSD. It may also be able to help treat other mental conditions like anxiety, depression, panic disorders, addiction, eating disorders and chronic pain.
EMDR is more than a technique
- It is powerful
- It is fast
- It is permanent
- It is effective
- It works in situations where nothing else has
- 67% of subjects treated with EMDR for five sessions had no symptoms of PTSD following treatment
EMDR processing helps you break through the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is it necessary to tell my therapist all the details about my problems in order for them to be processed?
- No, it is not necessary to talk about all the details of your experiences for them to be processed.
Is EMDR like hypnosis?
- No. During EMDR processing, you are present and fully in control.
Will I get emotional?
- Yes, you may. Emotions and sensations may come up during processing; although, you will be prepared and your therapist will help you safely manage them. Once they are processed, they rarely come back!