What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based treatment that is highly effective in treating the symptoms of PTSD and complex trauma.  Individuals will start by exploring their current issues and triggers in order to identify memories and events at the core of their symptoms.  Through the utilization of bilateral stimulation (alternating eye movements, tapping, or sounds), individuals begin processing the memory to reduce the level of distress previously associated with it.  This process simulates the brain's natural method of healing as it takes what is necessary to survive in the future and, essentially, "let's go" of the rest that is no longer necessary. 

 

For more information, see the EMDR Institute and EMDRIA websites by clicking the links below. 

The EMDR Institute was founded by Francine Shapiro, the developer of EMDR. 

 

What is EMDR?

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Reserach Findings for EMDR

EMDRIA is the EMDR International Association

EMDRIA