What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a empirically validated psychotherapeutic treatment method. EMDR is the most recommended treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EMDR was developed when Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered a link between rapid eye movements and the reduction of disturbing thoughts and emotions back in 1987. Dr. Shapiro’s subsequent research eventually proved that EMDR is a effective method for treating trauma.
In the time since, Dr. Shapiro and many talented researchers and clinicians have continued to refine the EMDR protocal. EMDR is effective in a wide variety of settings, such as providing relief after natural disasters (citation) and for a variety of disorders. EMDR has show promise in treating depression (citation), phobias (citation), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (citation) and even performance anxiety (citation) and shame (citation).
In my personal experience as a clinician, I have helped many clients get profound, lasting relief and healing through EMDR treatments.
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