EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing - is an evidence based psychotherapy originated by Dr Francine Shapiro in the late 80's. Dr Shapiro found that eye movements with other treatment elements desensitised traumatic memories.
When we experience adverse life events the memory of these events can be stuck, sitting unprocessed, creating triggers, disturbance and distress because the memory is not adequately processed. These unprocessed memories contain the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and physical sensations that occurred at the time of the event. When the memory is triggered these disturbing elements are experienced and can cause symptoms of PTSD and other mental illnesses.
EMDR therapy reprocesses memories allowing them to become adaptive memories, lessoning distress and disturbance. The use of eye movements liberates the brain to heal itself.
EMDR is an evidence based treatment for PTSD.
Reprocessing of a specific memory is generally completed in one to three sessions.
Some of my clients have a preference for EMDR as it doesn't require extended exposure to the distressing memory or a detailed description of the trauma/event.
Dr Shaprio founded the EMDR Institute to establish standards for training and practice and to educate and teach health professionals on the protocols of this therapy. I am an EMDR Institute trained practitioner and practice EMDR therapy.